We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!

The McCarthy1hr 45mins plus intervalTheatre

The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike.

Credits:

Presented by Townsend Theatre Productions
Directed by Louise Townsend
Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick

Key Cast:

Medhavi Patel
Neil Gore

Price: From £10

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“What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!”

The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

Watch a scene from the play here.


Age guidance: 8+

With musical direction from acclaimed folk singer and squeeze box player John Kirkpatrick.

Townsend Theatre Productions return to the SJT - previously they have thrilled SJT audiences with Dare Devil Rides To Jarama, United We Stand, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free


★★★★
"The story of Jayaben Desai... makes you laugh, feel and think... a powerful story, powerfully told."
The Observer

★★★★★
"Magnificent Play"
The Morning Star

★★★★★
"Superb piece of political drama from the peerless Townsend Theatre Productions."
Bournemouth Echo 

"Neil Gore’s lively play We Are the Lions, Mr Manager! celebrates this important struggle focusing on the words and action of Jayaben Desai given a passionate engaging performance by Medhavi Patel."
British Theatre Guide

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dates

24 April 2018, 7.45pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough