Sun 31 Mar
ROUSE, YE WOMEN!
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In 1910, the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world’s attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers. Led by the charismatic union organiser and campaigner Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women laid down their tools to strike for a living wage. The success of the 10 week strike more than doubled their earnings and helped to make the principle of a national minimum wage a reality.
Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions bring you a folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick. ROUSE, YE WOMEN! reveals the horrors of sweated labour, Mary Macarthur's stunning national campaign to expose the perpetrators of this appalling employment, the universal sympathy for the workers, the flood of donations, and the events that led to a final victory.
'A POWERFUL STORY, POWERFULLY TOLD' Observer
TICKETS £15.50 CONC £2 OFF STUDENT £11.50
FRIENDS 10% 0FF
Approx. 2 hours inc. interval
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