Sharp reminder of when workers had to fight.
On November 4, 1839, the two sides clashed in Newport. Amid terrible winter weather, 3,000 campaigners marched in the town centre - many from the surrounding industrial valleys.
They were fired upon by soldiers based at the Westgate Hotel and 20 campaigners died. It was the flashpoint of the Chartist movement.
Ruth Taylor-Jones, 39, of Herian, the heritage group who organised the reconstruction, said, 'Wales was the first industrialised nation in the world and Chartism was about ordinary people trying to get a voice and improve their civic life.
'Though there were Chartist groups all over Britain, the Newport rising was the biggest incident.' The actors played out their roles in front of the Westgate Hotel in Newport and in The Hayes in Cardiff.