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Workers Play Time: A Collection of Plays Born from the Great Struggles of the Trade Union Movement

by Various authors - £9.99  New Internationalist Publications Ltd (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781780264271 | ISBN 10: 1780264275

A collection of plays born from the great struggles of the Trade Union movement.
 
Characters from Tolpuddle to Trico, from the early struggles for organisation to the recent struggles to save the youth service, speak out in the dozen plays collected in Volume One. The plays had tremendous reception in performance over the years, and are all printed here for the permanent record for the first time and to encourage new productions.
 
Volume One plays include:
 
Out! On the Costa Del Trico (1976), a brilliant account of the first struggle for equal pay for women led by Asian workers and based on interviews with many involved.
 
Hannah (2001) by Eileen Murphy, about great labour movement activist Hannah Mitchell.
 
Dare to be Free (2016) by Jane McNulty, a moving account of the work of Mary Quaile to organise café workers in the 1930s on their equivalent of zero hours contracts.
 
Jim Kenworth’s A Splotch of Red (2016) imagines Keir Hardie and Will Thorne returned to the 21st century to find that The Red Flag and ideas of class consciousness are not as prevalent as they once were.
 
Neil Gore’s We Will Be Free (2013) takes audiences and readers back to 1834 and a key point in trade union origins, exploring the hearts and minds of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
 
Bolton Rising by Neil Duffield, Luddite protests and savage repression of workers in Lancashire.
 
The Chamberminds by Kathleen McCreery, Inspired by the Grosvenor House Hotel strike in the 1980s.

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