Meet the #clareplay cast no 2 – Henry Devas

Henry Devas with Richard Sandells performing at Clare Cottage

Henry Devas with Richard Sandells performing at Clare Cottage

Professional wrestling is not the usual route into acting – though it’s the route that Henry Devas – who reprises his roles in Eastern Angles The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare – took!.

Henry plays the dual role of Raffe and Dr Skrimshire – the Dr who would eventually claim Clare’s madness came about ‘after years of poetical prosing’. In fact Henry originally comes from Stamford, just a few miles up the road from Clare Cottage in Helpston

Here Henry talks about reclaiming Skrimshire , wrestling with Eastern Angles artistic director Ivan Cutting and what he’s most looking forward to whilst out on tour!

The long life and great good fortune of John Clare tours across East Anglia and runs until May 18th. Booking details here and a tour map is here.

Listen to first night reactions here:-

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