We're Not Going Back archiveWe're Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners' strike. More or less. But in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters - Olive, Mary and Isabel - hit hard by the Government's war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of Women Against Pit Closures. It's February1984, and as the rumour mill stirs with developments of impending pit closures, the coal miners' unions are drawn into a battle of attrition against an unbending government. Forced into poverty, miners and their families become part of a strike that will resonate through the coming decades. But for many people, the war fought between politicians, police and pickets took a back seat to the fight to hold together families, friendships and community - fought on the battleground of living room and soup kitchen, meeting hall and social club. It was a battle fought with laughter and songs, with knees-ups, punch-ups and piss-ups. With music, comedy and grit, the three sisters embrace the values of the '84 strike and underline the empowerment; determination and vulnerability those communities were faced with in this war.


Author: Boff Whalley
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Archive listings for We're Not Going Back

Work type: Musical.


Company Red Ladder Theatre Company. Director Rod Dixon. Performer Victoria Brazier. Performer Claire Marie Seddon. Performer Stacey Sampson.
19 Feb 15 to 21 Feb 15City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds :: V973
listing details L01009431970
17 Feb 15Pleasance, Inner London :: V276
listing details L01867672400
17 Oct 14Create Theatre, Mansfield :: V01048169111
listing details L0767501601
15 Oct 14ReConnect Regal Theatre, Bathgate :: V0474544231
listing details L01859422506
11 Oct 14Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham :: V984
listing details L077338008
10 Oct 14Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, Seaton Delaval :: V0999827419
listing details L0491635582
9 Oct 14The Arts Centre, Washington :: V1411
listing details L01848436580
8 Oct 14Royalty Theatre, Sunderland :: V578
listing details L01018494914
6 Oct 14 to 7 Oct 14Congress Theatre Co., Cwmbran :: V840
listing details L0735228016
3 Oct 14Cwmaman Theatre (part of the Cwmaman Institute Complex), Aberdare :: V0254327996
listing details L01767740654
2 Oct 14The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Swansea :: V836
listing details L574452902
26 Sep 14Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L0615094344
24 Sep 14 to 25 Sep 14Cast, Doncaster :: V1545109680
listing details L332493050
22 Sep 14 to 23 Sep 14Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
listing details L01216024340
18 Sep 14 to 20 Sep 14The Civic, Barnsley :: V959
listing details L0779455474
9 Jul 14 to 11 Jul 14Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L1445265157

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