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Rouse, Ye Women! – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writers: John Kirkpatrick and Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Claire Hayes Today’s gig economy may feel like a modern invention, but it shares its heritage with the piece-workers of the early 20th Century, toiling away beneath the breadline with none of the rights bestowed on regularised employees. Townsend Theatre’s latest production brings this connection into sharp relief, by focusing ...

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Rouse Ye Women! – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Gore Song Writer/MD: John Kirkpatrick Director: Louise Townsend Designer: Elizabeth Wright Reviewer: Ron Simpson To an extent we know what to expect of a Townsend Theatre production. With the wonderful exception of the fictional Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, it will be based on a significant moment in the class struggle, usually a key piece of union activity; it will ...

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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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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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