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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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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh

Writer: Robert Tressell Director: Neil Gore Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Robert Noonan, Irish sign writer, painter and decorator, was only 40 when he died in penury of tuberculosis, and was buried in a pauper’s grave in Liverpool. But his literary legacy as Robert Tressell, author of an impassioned 1,600 page manuscript about the injustices of capitalism which he called The Ragged ...

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Marsden Mechanics, Huddersfield

Writer: Neil Gore Adapted from the novel by Robert Tressell Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Productions’ first two-man tour was of Neil Gore’s cut-down version of Stephen Lowe’s adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. The success of that tour has led to five more tours of powerful, committed, imaginatively and entertainingly presented agit-prop pieces based on real events, ...

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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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