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Posted: 09/10/14

Powerful production of pickets’ plight

The turbulent times of the construction industry in the 1970s comes back to life this month at West Nottinghamshire College’s Create Theatre.

United We Stand

One of the most prolific industrial battles and strikes of 1972 is depicted in United We Stand by Townsend Productions.

The show, on Thursday 23 October, will highlight the dangerous working conditions and poor wages of builders of that era which prompted the industry’s first national all-out strike to end cash lump wages and seek better pay by using the tactics of the ‘flying pickets’.

Combining Townsend Productions’ theatrical style developed through their previous productions with 1970’s popular and political songs by folk musician John Kirkpatrick, United We Stand tells the story behind the dispute in a compelling and thought-provoking way.

The events of the strike still make headlines today and fourty-two years on the high-profile Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, led by picket turned actor, Ricky Tomlinson, is still seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of the 24 building workers.

Tickets cost £10 each, £8 for concessions and £5 for students and unwaged. To purchase tickets for the 7.30pm show, call 01623 413363 or visit www.createtheatre.co.uk