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ROUSE YE WOMEN
Sun 31 Mar 2019

ROUSE YE WOMEN

Frankwell QuayShrewsburySY3 8FT

Walker Theatre

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ROUSE, YE WOMEN

Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers
A folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick
 
In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world’s attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers involved in the ‘home-working sweated industries’, hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes with their babies and children for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week.
 
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 ten-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 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.' Clare Brennan. The Observer

PERFORMANCE 7PM
TICKETS £15.50 CONC £2 OFF SCHOOLS/STUDENTS £11.50
FRIENDS 10% 0FF
Sun 31 Mar07:00PM Book
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Where applicable, advertised ticket prices are inclusive of a venue levy, retained by the venue to sustain and develop the programme of arts and culture in Shropshire.

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