NEW SPRING TOUR DATES 2016 'UNITED WE STAND'
FRIDAY 22nd January 7:45pm, CAST, DONCASTER
£10.50 / £8.50 concessions*
01302 303 959 castindoncaster.com
THURSDAY 4th February 8.00pm SEVEN ARTS CENTRE, LEEDS, LS7 3PD Tickets £5 from www.sevenarts.co.uk/events Sponsored by Leeds NUT
FRIDAY February 5th February 8.00pm ST MICHAELS IRISH CENTRE,LIVERPOOL Box Office: (0151) 263 1808 / www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org
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.
2015 LONDON REVIEWS:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ' 'UNMISSABLE' EVERYTHING THEATRE
★★★★ 'SPECTACULAR' 'In essence United We Stand is, like Journey’s End, a historical document that I’m certain will be referenced down the ages'
★★★★ 'COMPELLING' British Theatre
'MARVELLOUS' - Southwark News
“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