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From: The Socialist issue 892, 9 March 2016: Housing crisis: can't pay, will stay!

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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.

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