Sheaf+Barley carry out charms, actions and pilgrimages that interrupt the world around them and create spaces for something else. They use their bodies as spaces of interruption, marking them with magic signs and symbols. They use old English myth and magic to break apart the England that we in are today. They think that this is the only way to change the world.
On 12th June 1381, the people of the Peasant’s Revolt stopped on Blackheath, London. Their demands were simple: that every man was created equal, and that no person should be slave to another. Wat Tyler and John Ball marched into London. King Richard II fled to the tower. On the 15th the peasant’s demands were met. By November, the king had gone back on his word and 1,500 working people had been slaughtered. Tyler and Ball had been captured and killed.
On 12th June 2016, Sheaf+Barley will meet on Blackheath and remember the words of the preacher John Ball, on the same day in 1381: “the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty”. What are our yokes? And how shall we cast them off? How will we unyoke ourselves? What can we learn from the demands of the people, hundreds of years ago? What is liberty anyway?
Sheaf+Barley invite all who wish to come to join them in a radical unyoking.