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Thursday, February 19, 2015

New play, United We Stand, based upon the Shrewsbury 24 comes to The Met

A new play, United We Stand by Neil Gore, based on the story of ‘Shrewsbury 24’ is set to come to The Met on Thursday 5 March.

The Shrewsbury 24 refers to 24 building workers who were accused of violent picketing and intimidating workers in Shropshire in 1973; three were jailed including building workers Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson.

Sharp and humorous, United We Stand tells the story behind the compelling dispute and dispels the myth, put about at the time, that the pickets were a criminally violent rather than ordinary working men seeking a better life for themselves and their fellow workers.

The production combines Townsend Productions‘ trademark cast of two playing multiple roles, grand theatrical style and wit with popular and political songs about the strike arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick. By adding Ricky Tomlinson’s poems from his time in prison, the production aims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in a powerful and thought-provoking way.

The events surrounding the strike are still making headlines to this day, and 42 years on, the high-profile Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, led by picket turned actor Ricky Tomlinson is still seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of the 24 building workers.

United We Stand is directed by Louise Townsend and will feature in its cast Neil Gore and William Fox.

Tickets for The United We Stand are priced at £10 / £8 Concs and can be purchased at the Box Office on 0161 761 2216 or online at www.themet.biz


For more info visit http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/



Press Contact: Alice Shinkfield alice.shinkfield@themet.biz