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30 November 2017

Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

'We Are the Lions, Mr Manager' portrays the defining 1970s struggle by low-paid Asian women workers

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8 November 2017

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict

Theatre - The Cherry Orchard: Part of 'R17', a series of arts events in Wales to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution, this adaptation is worthy of the connection

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12 July 2017

School students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

Theatre review - Ocho: The story told of bravery and the cast itself showed a brave approach to the work

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10 May 2017

Theatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

'Fracked!' is an interesting and topical play, and puts forward good environmental arguments against the use of fracking for our future energy sources

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18 January 2017

Theatre review: high art and savage poverty in Bootle

The Seven Acts of Mercy: It's unlikely this work will get the same exposure as 'I, Daniel Blake', for example. But for those who do get the chance to see it - the voice of the dispossessed speaks loud and clear, and the desire to rid the world of capitalist exploitation once and for all rings out for all to hear.

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19 October 2016

Moving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism

Theatre - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama: "Adelante!" A moving, funny and inspiring account of the life of Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett. A great feat considering the cast is just two people, but it portrays with realism dirt track races, mass protests and war.

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14 September 2016

Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts

Theatre - 'Dare Devil Rides to Jarama': The 1930s was a decade sharply divided between left and right. It was also a time when intrepid motorcycle racers stunned spectators with 'speedway' stunts. Socialist theatre company Townsend Productions combines the two in its upcoming show.

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29 June 2016

Theatre review: Bread & Roses

Heavyweight commentary plus satire: If you're looking for a comedy that's whimsical and light-hearted, then maybe going to see the Nottingham-based 'Bread & Roses' theatre collective isn't for you.

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15 June 2016

Hilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy

Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.

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9 March 2016

Theatre: 'Tinned Goods' - women during miners' strike

'Tinned Goods' is a new drama set in the summer of 1984 during the lead-up to the largest women's march ever to take place on British soil. It is visiting theatres around Britain from 11 March.

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24 February 2016

One-woman tragedy's fiery call for revolution

Theatre review: Iphigenia in Splott: Tremendous. That is the only way to describe Gary Owens' one-woman play "Iphigenia in Splott", directed by Rachel O'Riordan and starring Sophie Melville.

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29 October 2015

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists / United We Stand

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16 September 2015

Theatre review: 'An angry call for revolt'

Effie is a working class girl in an area of Cardiff hit hard by cuts. No work, no hope, shops boarded up, library and swimming pool closed, streets littered with dog shit.

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24 June 2015

Theatre review: The Red Lion

Writer Patrick Marber returns to the National Theatre after a long absence with a beautiful three-man show set in the desperate, passionate and quasi-religious world of a non-league football club.

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13 November 2013

Play review: Sandpits Avenue/League of St George

"You kiss a lot of frogs in fringe theatre," said one audience member. "But this one is definitely a prince." London's latest 'new writing' house, the Hope Theatre, has just opened in Islington

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1 November 2002

Over one hundred dead in Moscow hostage crisis

The Theatre Of War: PUTIN'S 'WAR against terror' has brought terror to Moscow itself. A group of 50 heavily armed Chechens drove through Moscow in two minibuses and seized a theatre full of people in the middle of a popular

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