United We Stand, a new play based on the story of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ - when 24 building workers were accused and three jailed (including actor Ricky Tomlinson) for violent picketing and intimidating workers in Shropshire in 1973 - will be staged on Friday 6 March at 7.30pm
In the 1960s and 70s, the UK’s building companies were making millions re-building the country, but building workers faced the most dangerous 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'. Five months after its apparent success, 24 builders in North Wales were charged with offences including conspiracy to intimidate and affray. The ‘24’ were prosecuted 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 criminally violent rather than ordinary working men seeking a better life for themselves and their fellow workers.
Combining Townsend Productions' trademark entertaining theatrical style and wit with 1970's popular and political songs about the strike, the production aims to bring the full story to life in a way that is both compelling and thought-provoking.
Tickets are priced from £7-£20 and can be purchased at the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online via this website.