Hollywood film star uses poem in documentary.
On Tuesday February 24th on BBC Two, the Hollywood actor Michael Sheen presented his own personal account of the Chartist rebellion in 1839.
He closed his programme, 'A Valleys Rebellion', made to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Chartist protests, by quoting the conclusion of a poem by Grahame Davies.
here, in the places that our labour built,
here, beneath the sky we seldom saw,
here, on the green earth whose black vein we mined,
and feel the freedom that we could not find.
The programme traced the fateful march of the 5,000 Chartist rebels in 1839, who converged on the Westgate Hotel in Newport to demand parliamentary and social change. Throughout the BBC documentary Mr Sheen explores their legacy while drawing parallels to modern life in the Valleys.
The poem had been written to commemorate the victims of the Prince of Wales colliery disaster in 1878 and is on display in Newbridge Miners' Memorial Hall, known as 'The Memo'.
Michael Screen presenting 'A Valleys Rebellion'.
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