This Summer we reported Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Not Going Back was preparing for a national tour. Now underway, it is set for Leeds City Varieties Music Hall this February.
We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less. But in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. 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’. Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.
This strike wasn’t just a battle fought out between pickets, police, politicians 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.
Suggested audience age 12+.
We’re Not Going Back is at City Varieties Music Hall from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st February 2015. Tickets are priced at £13.50. Book online at cityvarieties.co.uk or call box office on 0113 243 0808.