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.
The play tells the story of the women in a mining town whose community is dramatically affected by the men's decision to strike or not. Friendships suffer under the strain of politics and principles. Sue's husband is on strike while Rachel's is crossing the picket line.
Writer Fiona Whitelaw, also an actor, is a longstanding activist and branch chair in entertainment union Equity. Her latest work features a cast of women playing all the roles, from miners' wives to police, school kids and grandmas.
Producer Caroline Frewin is proud of her company's focus on women-driven political theatre. "With communities still suffering from the dreadful legacy of the mine closures, and with so much in the news about workers' rights, it's great to be able to bring working class women's voices to the stage."
Directed by Alison Belbin and part-funded by general union Unite, Tinned Goods hopes to inspire audiences to get involved in politics, as well as bring the history of this period to new audiences across the country.
Venues, dates and tickets available at www.teaandtenacity.co.uk/news
- 11 March Brindley Studio, Runcorn 0151 907 8360
- 12 March Salford Arts Centre 0161 925 0111
- 18 March mac Birmingham 0121 446 3232
- 19 March Artrix Studio, Bromsgrove 01527 577330
- 24 March Storey Theatre, Lancaster 01524 582394
- 30 March Greenwich Theatre, London 020 8858 7755
- 31 March Garrick Theatre Studio, Lichfield 01543 412121
- 1 April Nottingham Arts Theatre 0115 947 6096
- 2 April Liverpool Unity Studio 2 0151 709 4988
- 3 April Arcola Theatre, London 020 7503 1646