Friday, 25 July 2014


PLOT of the play:

FOLLOWING the success of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free!.  The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, Townsend Productions presents UNITED WE STAND, a powerful new play based on the true story of one of the most tumultuous industrial battles – the 1972 Builders' Strike.

In the 1960s and 70s building companies were making millions re-building Britain, but building workers faced the most dangerous and despicable working conditions and poorest wages of any trade. In the summer of '72, for twelve weeks, 300,000 building workers launched their industry's first national all-out strike to end cash "lump" wages and seek better pay by using the controversial tactic of 'Flying Pickets'.
The partial success of the strike, and the methods used, enraged the construction industry and government, and in retaliation, five months after the strike ended, 24 builders were arrested in North Wales and charged with offences including conspiracy to intimidate and affray. They were convicted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973 and 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 "mad horde" and "frenzied mob", rather than ordinary working men seeking a better life for themselves and their fellow workers. With a cast of two actor/musicians portraying the different sides of this almighty struggle and featuring music directed by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick, UNITED WE STAND guarantees to be a powerful and though-provoking piece of theatre.

The events surrounding the strike are still making headlines to this day, and forty two 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.

Type of production - Drama and music.
Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson:

Sorry for the round robin but we wanted to share the Autumn tour dates for 'United We Stand' with you.
I also wanted to thank you for your financial help and promotional support; we would not be able perform these important stories without your backing.
You may have seen an article about the show in The Indpendent and The 'i' on Friday 19th July. Click on link for the feature
If you would like to come to the press night please let me know well in advance (see dates below)
If you would like to do a group booking for any of the dates let me know and I will make sure you get a good deal on reduced ticket prices.
Hope you can see the play. Look forward to hearing from you.
Best Wishes
Louise Townsend - 07949635910

19 - Leighton Buzzard Theatre - PREVIEW
Box Office 0300 300 8125 /
20 - Espinosa Arts Centre Berkhamsted - PREVIEW
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21- The Place Bedford - PREVIEW
Box Office 01234-718112
23 – 11 Oct Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
Box Office 01517 030 000
PRESS NIGHT - Lantern Theatre, Liverpool -Thursday 25th September 2014.

14 - Oran Theatre, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 357 6200
15 -16 Loganlea Miners Welfare, West Lothian
Box Office 01501 762300
17 - North Edinburgh Arts Centre Edinburgh
Box Office or 0131 3152151
19 - Blantyre Miners’ Welfare – confirmed with South Lanarkshire TUC
Box Office: TBC
21 - The Arts Centre, Edgehill University
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22 - Beeston Village Hall
Box Office - TBC
24 - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, Cumbria
Box Office 01946 692422
25 - Square Chapel, Halifax
Box Office or 1 01422 349422
26 - Thame Players, South Oxfordshire
Box Office 01844 217228
29 - Wortley Hall, Barnsley
Box Office - TBC
30 – 1 Nov Theatre Severn & OMH, Shrewsbury
Box Office 01743 281281

03 -04 Harrogate Theatre
Box Office 01423 502 116
05 – 07 Palace Theatre, Southend
Box Office 01702 351135
08 October -Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Dorset (DT6 4QS)
Tickets: Norman & Pat Saunders-White (tel:01308 897214)
10 - The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
Box Office 023 9286 3911

 Ticket prices:
11 - Theatr Harlech, Gwynedd
Box Office 01766 780667
12 - Theatr Colwyn
Box Office 01492 577888
13 - The Little Theatre,Rhyl
Box Office 01745 342229
14 - Marsden Mechanics Kirklees
Box Office 01484 844587
17 - Blackwood Minors Institute, Gwent
Box Office 01495 227206
18 - Pwllheli Theatre- Penlan Street, Pwllheli
Box Office 01758 704088
19- 22 - The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield
Box Office 0114 2551776
26 -29 - The Bussey Building Peckham, Southwark
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