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THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS
6th OCTOBER: MEGAN DOBNEY (General Secretary SERTUC)
9th October: PHILIPA HARVEY (President NUT)
12th OCTOBER: Press Night - JOHNNY VEGAS (subject to filming schedule) DAVE NELLIST (President of T.U.S.C.) & STEPHEN LOWE (Playwright)
14th OCTOBER: JIM JUMP (Secretary of International Brigade Memorial Trust
20th OCTOBER DAVE SMITH (Black Listing Campaign)
22nd OCTOBER: Loughborough Junction Action Group 27th OCTOBER: Lewisham Ant-fascist GroupUNITED WE STAND
2nd NOVEMBER: Press Night - TOM WATSON M.P., DAVE ANDERSON M.P., EILEEN TURNBULL & MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL SHREWSBURY 24 CAMPAIGN,
RICKY TOMLINSON, TERRY RENSHAW, LEN MCCLUSKEY (General Secretary UNITE)
with MUSIC and SONGS performed by revered folk singers and songwriters SANDRA KERR & JOHN KIRKPATRICK
5th NOVEMBER: MATT WRACK (General Secretary FBU)
A two handed version by Neil Gore based on Stephen Lowe’s original adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic book. Directed by Louise Townsend
Townsend Productions present this classic story of a group of painter-decorators who are joined by artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism, along with his Socialist vision, highlight exploitation in the workplace and inequality in society. Relevant still, this tale is told with vigour and passion.
This hugely successful production is a gem of Edwardian humorous theatre with songs and music of the time.
“A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You'll leave the theatre and join the struggle!” Ken Loach, Film Director.
★★★★ “Tremendous” The Times.
10/10 “Sensational” Liverpool Echo.
★★★★ “Highly entertaining” Whatsonstage
By the 1970s the UK’s building companies were making millions re-building the country, whilst building workers faced the most dangerous working conditions and poorest wages of any trade. In the summer of '72, for twelve weeks, 300,000 building workers launched their industry's first national all-out strike to end cash "lump" wages and seek better pay by using the controversial tactic of 'Flying Pickets'. Five months after the apparent success of the strike, which had enraged the construction industry and government, 24 builders in North Wales were charged with offences including conspiracy and affray, and were prosecuted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973. They became known as "The Shrewsbury 24", and three of them were jailed, including building workers Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson.
Combining Townsend Productions' entertaining theatrical style developed through their previous productions with 1970s popular and political songs arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick, UNITED WE STAND tells the story behind the dispute in a way that is both compelling and thought-provoking.
The events surrounding the strike are still making headlines to this day, and forty two years on, the high-profile Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, led by picket turned actor, Ricky Tomlinson, is still seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of the 24 building workers.
“William Fox as Des was outstanding & Neil Gore made a fantastic job playing ‘young’ Ricky.” (Ricky Tomlinson - The Royle Family)
“A striking piece of work” The Observer
★★★★★ “Excellent” The Morning Star
★★★★ “Passionately delivered” The Liverpool Echo
“Townsend Productions ... making a name for delivering, vivid, politically committed theatre” - The Observer