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We’re Not Going Back

RED LADDER presents:
WE’RE NOT GOING BACK!
Written by Boff Whalley

Sheffield Trades and Labour Club
Duke Street, Sheffield, S2 5QQ
Wednesday 18 February 2015
7.30pm start
Tickets only £7 waged and £4 unwaged!

Please email tucsheffield@gmail.com to purchase tickets or you can buy them online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/were-not-going-back-tickets-14726851409

Sponsored by Sheffield Trade Union Council and supported by ‘Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’ and ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less. But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

It’s 30 years since the Miners Strike 1984/85 when NUM members and their families were engaged in a year-long national strike to save their communities from the devastation of Thatcher’s pit closure programme. Their determination and the hardship they endured should never be forgotten, nor the massive solidarity shown by trade unionists at home and abroad in support of their struggle.

This was a strike which polarised the nation and pitted working class strikers and their families against the full force of the state. The military nature of the police’s response and their brutal treatment of pickets, coupled with the media manipulation and bias in the reporting of the strike leave many questions still answered today. Questions which are being pursued forcefully by Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign who are also supporting this production.

Red Ladder have had their funding cut following the cuts to the Arts Council.
To support this important theatre group you can make a donation by texting
“REDL46” to 70070. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
Alternatively, you can visit www.saveredladder.co.uk.

View the flyer: We’re Not Going Back Performances – Sheffield 18.02.2015

Save Red Ladder

Save Red Ladder
SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014/3-7pm
Sheffield HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Main Entrance, City Centre Campus, Howard Street S1 1WB

Join the early communards of Red Ladder in a first public screening and audience discussion of two films produced and directed by Mike Dibb for the BBC.

TAKING OUR TIME
An Arena documentary (1978, 60 mins) following the Company through the process of making their play about the 1842 Plug Riots in the Calder Valley and taking it on the road to an audience of textile workers in Todmorden.

FRINGE BENEFITS
Political Theatre Songs of the 70s, A Lively Arts Film for the BBC (1979, 50 mins) showcasing Red Ladder, The Sadista Sisters, Belt and Braces plus The Albany Combination in Deptford. Stonking songs with powerful still pertinent politics.

This is a free ticketed event hosted by Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with Red Ladder. Save Red Ladder is a fundraising campaign to keep the company on the road after the axing of their Arts Council grant.

Book your ticket here. Donations on the door.
Contact Kate Housden: kmhousden@gmail.com
Download the flyer: Save Red Ladder flyer

We’re Not Going Back

Red Ladder Theatre Company Presents

We’re Not Going Back

Thursday 18 September – Saturday 20 September

We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.

But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties. This strike wasn’t just a battle fought out between pickets, police, politicians and public opinion. It was as much a battle in the homes and families of those fighting for their communities.

We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.

We’re Not Going Back

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We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.

But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’

Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.

We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.

Red Ladder are delighted to be working with Unite the union, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside on this production. For further information about their work visit their website.

Stacey Sampson, who plays Mary in We’re Not Going Back, is currently writing a new blog about being the main ‘bread winner’ in her home following returning to work after having a baby. It makes for a really interesting read, have a look here.

For tour dates and booking information, click here.

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Unite Community / Unite Members were blown away by the preview of the Unite backed Red Ladder production of “We’re Not Going Back”.

The Show took place at the Durham Miners Headquarters and home of our Unite Community Centre Red Hill.

This fantastic show will now tour the UK, so book your tickets fast! More info here.

Red Ladder have just had their funding cut, so please get along and support them. Britain’s best and most radical theatre company!!!

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We’re Not Going Back

Written by Boff Whalley

We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.

But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

The North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Region of Unite are supporting this event, however its success depends upon all of us working and funding this together collectively.

This performance ‘We’re Not Going Back’ by Red Ladder can be rolled out across the country, sending our message of solidarity and commitment to our communities. We are already intending to have a number of events within this Region-the play can be performed in schools, colleges or any venue where this story can be told and will resonate with all our members and activists and their families.

To ensure the success of this venture we are asking you as comrades to spread the word throughout your organisation to seek financial pledges. Any amount will help to launch this event and all who contribute will be clearly recognised as supporters on all publications.

It is in all our interests to support the Miners, their families and our communities. We must not forget what the Miners and their families did in the name of solidarity. As memories fade it is our responsibility to ensure their strife is understood by future generationswhat could be better than showing this with music and theatre- this is an opportunity to show our movement remains proud and strong.

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR TOTAL!!

Please could you contact your branch secretary and request a donation at your next branch meeting or if you wish you could make a personal donation.

All donations should be forwarded to Karen Reay, Regional Secretary, Unite the Union, 55 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BW with cheques made payable to “Unite the Union”

Thank you for your support.

Download the flyer: Were not going back