EXTERNAL EVENT - Conway Hall, The life of Thomas Paine (One man Play)

THIS IS NOT A LAAG OWN EVENT, but CONWAY HALL are known and trusted, and we recommend their events.

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Conway Hall
Film & Theatre


To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine


Sun 7 Jul 2013, 19.30 (Doors 18:30)


“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”
- Thomas Paine


Was he “one of the most brilliant minds in human history” or merely a “filthy little atheist”? He was certainly one of the most misunderstood men in American history.


Thomas Paine is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, social programs and morality were truly revolutionary. He changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. He ignited revolutions but died largely ignored and distained, yet when he was writing he was at the epicenter of world events and literally transforming nations through his words.


The one-man show “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine” , leaps from the stage and captures the living essence of our nation’s brilliant, fiery and most radical Founding Father. It brings to life the wit, contradictions and contrariness of a man whose intellect and words shaped our national character, inspiring us always to be our better selves.
His pen sparked the American Revolution,
defined the French Revolution and championed the Age of Reason. He went from hero on the streets of Philadelphia to prisoner in Paris awaiting the guillotine. His books were the biggest best sellers in history and at his funeral… there were six mourners.

Today there is the Occupy movement, back then there was Thomas Paine.


Tickets Advance: £10 (plus booking fee), Concs. £5 (SEE COMMENT BELOW FOR 30% LAAG DISCOUNT)


Admission £15/£7 on the door.
Doors 18.30. Start 19.30


Ian Ruskin (writer/actor) trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed his other one man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labor leader Harry Bridges well over 200 times. The film version, directed by Haskell Wexler, has aired in America on PBS for the past 4 years. This is the London premiere of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine which has been performed just over 30 times in the past two years.

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  • Fiona W.

    Ginny, you haven't mentioned that one has to go to the Conway Hall website to find out how to pay. I tried putting in the code Sid has given you, but with no success! They do hope to have bookings in advance if possible so that they know numbers to expect.

    July 4, 2013

    • Helen

      Hi I managed to buy my ticket using the code but was having such a nice time in Kew Gardens I didn't get back in time for the show. Hope to see it another time.

      July 9, 2013

    • Kieron

      I would recommend the show, in fact, unusual for me, I would go to see it again.. The only 'annoyance' for me was at the introduction where the music was too loud, and you couldn't hear the narration that accompanies it. They just got the balance the wrong way round. But this only lasted for a couple of minutes or so. Most shows on their opening night have glitches, and then rectify them quickly, and the same will happen here if he does tour with it. Also worth mentioning the Q n A at the end, and given the number of questions and those that wanted to speak to Ian Ruskin afterwards, I would say the vast majority enjoy it. I'm not sure what some people expect from a one- man play that costs a tenner/fiver to see?? An Andrew Lloyd Webber production this wasn't, but,,, it cost a heck of a lot more to see one of his productions.!

      July 15, 2013

  • Sid R.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy the show Terence. Ian will be hoping to tour the show in the UK at a future date. So, maybe if anyone missed it last might will hopefully be able to make it to the future performances around the UK.

    July 8, 2013

  • terence f.

    very bitty and unstructured with loud bursts of sound effects that added little to the delivery and seemed a distraction

    July 7, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    Thanks to Sid Rodrigues, from Conway Hal for a LAAG discount: "Here’s 30% discount code for your group to use. CHMSM50. (Ian Ruskin is only over for one show")

    June 28, 2013

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