united we stand

Production shots from the new show  'United We Stand'

UNITED WE STAND - A new play by Neil Gore

The story of Ricky Tomlinson, Des Warren and The Shrewsbury Pickets on tour NOW!


Whatever your politics, this is a production worth seeing - The Observer

★★★★★ Morning Star

★★★★ Liverpool Echo

★★★★ Click,Liverpool

★★★★ Public Review

★★★★ The Examiner, Huddersfield

United We Stand is the kind of cake that really doesn’t need any icing - British Theatre Guide

Striking Stuff- Click, Liverpool

The play was truthful, and hilarious and entertaining from the start - Nerve Magasine

Passionately delivered – Liverpool Echo

Highly recommended – Morning Star

Shrewsbury Reviews




Tom Watson MP   Very much enjoyed the ‘United we stand’ about the Shrewsbury 24 pickets. Well worth going to see. ‘


In 1972 tens of thousands of building workers won the first national strike in the industry for better pay and conditions. 'Flying pickets left the contractors reeling. The Tory government and the large building companies wanted revenge, and the 'Shrewsbury 24' were put on trial in the following year.

'Townsend Productions' new play, UNITED WE STAND, follows in the traditional of their highly successful productions The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free! - the Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, and focuses on the true and still very current events that led to the imprisonment of building workers Des Warren and Eric Tomlinson (Ricky Tomlinson of 'The Royle Family').

It will reflect the great tide of anger, which rocked the very foundations of the established political elite, examine the extraordinary political will of all the participants and share the anguish of falling prey to a flagrant miscarriage of justice.

Combining Townsend Productions' trademark small-cast, grand theatrical style and wit with popular and political songs of the early seventies (directed by John Kirkpatrick) and Ricky Tomlinson's poems from his time in prison, this production aims to bring the full story of this compelling dispute to life, and will guarantee a powerfully challenging and entertaining evening for all its audiences.

UNITED WE STAND from Conduit Productions on Vimeo.

“WE WILL BE FREE!” finished it's highly successful tour May 2014 

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story reviews

★★★★★ Oxford Times 'This play delivers its message powerfully and shines a light on an important but often neglected strand of British history'

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Liz Eves nominated for best actress by The Stage

MUST SEE The Stage


★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter “Very much a play to appeal to all ages”

★★★★★ “Excellent new play on the Tolpuddle Martyrs is a five-star triumph”

★★★★ Fest “it’s a charming, family-friendly piece that presents an important bit of history inventively and enjoyably.”

★★★★ The List “This utterly charming play is a delight”

★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre “Magnificent entertainment”

“Small but perfectly formed” Northern Echo

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Added dates through popular demand

Monday 30th March
West Bromwich Town Hall @7.30pm 
Tickets ONLY : £5.00
Box office: 0121 5042917/ 

Wednesday 1st April 
St Michael's Irish Centre, Liverpool @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00
Box office: 0151 263 1808

Monday 6th April 
NUT Conference

8th - 10th May Brighton Festival 
The Court Room