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Posted: 06/10/14

Going back in time with Red Ladder

A hard-hitting musical comedy is coming to West Nottinghamshire College’s Create Theatre this month – taking the audience back to the days of the miners’ strikes.

We're Not Going Back

We’re Not Going Back by Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union follows the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village which has been hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners. It shows at Create Theatre on Friday 17 October at 7pm.

Sisters Olive, Mary and Isabel are determined to set up a branch of Women Against Pit Closures. Their squabbles become a background hum to a strike that forces them to question their lives, their relationships and family ties.

The performance shows how the strike was a battle fought between pickets, police, politicians and public opinion and how this battle reached the homes and families of those fighting for their communities.

Also putting up a fight is Red Ladder Theatre Company themselves who have discovered their Arts Council funding is being cut by 100%.

An independent campaign has been set up to save this leading radical theatre company. Tweeting from @saveredladder a team of supporters has launched an online fundraising campaign in association with online giving platform Localgiving.com to raise back the £160,000 required to cover the full production budget for two UK tours.

Red Ladder is appealing to the public on Twitter with #GisATenner based on the fact that if each follower gave £10 it would create £80,000.

Meanwhile, tickets for We’re Not Going Back can be purchased for £5, by calling 01623 416895 or contact exandretiredminers@hotmail.co.uk