Cast Second Space (unallocated)
Thu 14 March - Fri 15 March
Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union presents We’re Not Going Back, written by Boff Whalley.
The year 2024 is the fortieth anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, a dispute that still resonates today. But the strike wasn’t just about pickets vs police – in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners and no cops. 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’.
Early 1984, and Olive, Mary and Isabel are sisters whose everyday squabbles collide with a strike that forces them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.
This strike wasn’t just a war fought on the battlegrounds of picket line, parliament 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.
Both performances will use Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine, meaning d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members can get captions direct to their own mobile devices. Find out more about The Difference Engine here.
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