written by: Luke Wright
animated by: Luke Wright
"Kempe was a comedian and comedians deal in the ephemeral. A laugh is fleeting. I wonder how many comedians have statues dedicated to them? Posterity favours the serious. So, I thought it was cool that we have a statue of Kempe, but I also wanted to explore that idea of posterity from the point of view of someone who lived in the moment, who was a performer."
Artist: Mark Goldsworthy
Will Kempe was an English comedy actor, dancer and a key player in William Shakespeare’s early dramas. He achieved a successful career before a disagreement led to him making his ‘Nine Days Wonder’ where he Morris danced from London to Norwich in nine days. A publicity stunt and fundraiser all rolled into one, Kempe recorded his journey in a pamphlet which describes his journey.
To learn more about Will Kempe, you can read his Nine Days Wonder at Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21984/21984-h/21984-h.htm)
When you visit our Missing Statue at the Church of St John Maddermarket, take a look on the wall of the Churchyard for another blue plaque. This commemorates the spot where Will jumped over the churchyard wall to complete his journey.