Rouse Ye Women

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4th February 2019 to
9th February

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers - a folk ballad by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick.

In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world's attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers involved in the 'home-working sweated industries', hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes with their babies and children for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week.

Led by the charismatic union campaigner, Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women laid down their tools to strike for a living wage.

The success of the ten-week strike more than doubled their earnings and helped to make the principle of a national minimum wage a reality.

Told through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the horrors of sweated labour, Mary Macarthur's stunning national campaign to expose the perpetrators of this appalling employment, the universal sympathy for the workers, the flood of donations, and the events that led to a final victory.


★★★★ ‘A powerful story, powerfully told.' Clare Brennan. The Observer

Guardian Readers top favourite shows 2017

Ticket Prices and Information

Full Price £12.50
Concessions £10.50

Concessions for OAP, Students, IBA and Disabled

This an unreserved event. 

Running time 1 hour, 45 minutes plus interval

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Venue Information

Harrogate Studio Theatre
Box office
01423 502116
Oxford Street,
Show Dates and times

Book tickets online now or call our box office on 01423 502 116

Monday, 04 February 2019
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Wednesday, 06 February 2019
Thursday, 07 February 2019
Friday, 08 February 2019
Saturday, 09 February 2019
Saturday, 09 February 2019