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

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

 

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

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT AUDIENCES HAD TO SAY IN MARCH 2024



Dates


Selby Town Hall 7:30pm
4 Jul 2024

The Hub, Bolton 7pm
5 Jul 2024

Coming soon


Ripon Arts Hub 7:30pm
6 Jul 2024

Queen's Hall, Hexham 7:30pm
10 Jul 2024

Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham 8:00pm
11 Jul 2024

Live Theatre, Newcastle 7:30pm
12 Jul 2024

Live Theatre, Newcastle 2pm
13 Jul 2024

Live Theatre, Newcastle 7:30pm
13 Jul 2024

Live Theatre, Newcastle 2pm
14 Jul 2024

The Hetton Centre, Hetton-Le-Hole 7:30pm
16 Jul 2024

Featherstone Rovers Millennium Stadium 7:30pm
17 Jul 2024