We're Not Going Back - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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We’re Not Going Back

8 March 2024 - 23 October 2024

Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union present

We’re Not Going Back

Written by Boff Whalley

75 Mines. 3 Sisters. 1 Cause. (And a six-pack of Babycham)

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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Elvi Piper’s fine revival of Boff Whalley’s 2014 musical comedy about three sisters on a pit village frontline in 1984 is full of humour, drama and lived experience” THE OBSERVER

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We’re Not Going Back “surprisingly funny, but ultimately incredibly moving, play” THE REVIEWS HUB



ALL performances of We’re Not Going Back will use Talking Birds’ brilliant The Difference Engine, meaning d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members can get captions direct to their own mobile devices Not sure what that means? Have a read of this



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The Hetton Centre, Hetton-Le-Hole 7:30pm
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Featherstone Rovers Millennium Stadium 7:30pm
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