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We Are the Lions, Mr Manager – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Theatre Productions are a rare and wonderful thing, taking self-written, committed and consistently entertaining plays on left-wing subjects, mostly union-related, on the road for mammoth tours. If the tours are mammoth in terms of duration, the production is always small-scale in terms of the impedimenta of theatre ...

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Dare Devil Rides To Jarama – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Neil Gore Director: LouiseTownsend Reviewer: Helen Jones Dare Devil Rides To Jamara was commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust (I.M.B.T.) to commemorate the memories of the men and women from the Manchester area who went to Spain to fight against Franco and the fascist movement which was threatening to overthrow the country. It tells the story of Clem ...

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Dare Devil Rides to Jarama – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Lighting Designer: Daniella Beattie Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Townsend Productions you know what to expect: an important left-wing subject, an entertaining, involving and informative mix of song, comedy and serious agitprop, two men in their time playing many parts (and several instruments), an ingenious production by Louise Townsend that disguises ...

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United We Stand – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Music: John Kirkpatrick Designer: Amy Yardley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Productions’ robustly imaginative brand of agitprop always combines a serious left-wing message with irreverent satire and an infectious sense of fun. United We Stand, now playing its last few dates following 2015’s extended tour, is part of the ongoing campaign on behalf of the ...

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Stephen Lowe, from Robert Tressell Adapter: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Ron Simpson Could this be time for a left-wing revival? Just as Jeremy Corbyn is addressing conference as the Labour leader, Townsend Productions is preparing to take two of its uncompromising agitprop productions – hard-hitting and very entertaining – into London (well, Peckham) for a six-week season. ...

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United We Stand– The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The success of the 1972 national building workers strike was bittersweet. Months after its conclusion 24 pickets were charged with unlawful assembly and affray and three were sent to prison. The foyer at The Lowry features a display setting out the politicians and trade unionists involved in the strike, summarising the ...

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United We Stand – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Neil Gore Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Sue Collier Louise Townsend’s Production of United We Stand is a two act play offering a highly entertaining account of the 1972 National Building Strike. The strike aimed to improve pay and safety conditions for those working in the building industry at a time when many builders died as ...

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Stephen Lowe based on the book by Robert Tressell Music: Played by Neil Gore and Frank Owen Director: Louise Townsend Musical Director: Neil Gore Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 4] This near century old tale is as fresh and relevant today as it ever was. It is the vivid story of a group of painters and decorators who over a ...

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