We're Not Going Back - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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We’re Not Going Back

8 March 2024 - 29 March 2024

Coming soon! 


Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union presents

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.


Dates TBC.

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Take a look at the audience reactions from the original tour below!


Wortley Hall, Sheffield
8 Mar 2024 – 8 Mar 2024

Grove Hall, South Wakefield
9 Mar 2024 – 9 Mar 2024

Cluntergate Centre
10 Mar 2024 – 10 Mar 2024

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
13 Mar 2024 – 13 Mar 2024

CAST Theatre, Doncaster ,
14 Mar 2024 – 15 Mar 2024

Junction Theatre, Goole
16 Mar 2024 – 16 Mar 2024

Arts Centre, Washington
21 Mar 2024 – 21 Mar 2024

St Johns Church Hall, Staincross
22 Mar 2024 – 22 Mar 2024

Theatre Deli, Sheffield
25 Mar 2024 – 25 Mar 2024

City Varieties Music Hall
28 Mar 2024 – 29 Mar 2024