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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 September 2014

Theatre review

We're Not Going Back

We're Not Going Back is a musical comedy set during the 1984-85 miners' strike. You follow the story of three sisters, all completely different, but united by one cause, to set up a branch of Women Against Pit Closures.

When the strike starts there is conflict between the sisters. The youngest, Isabel, is conflicted over her loyalty to her partner who's training to be a police officer and solidarity with her sisters, whose partners are on strike. When this is overcome, the three sisters fight the pit's closure.

You see their struggles and achievements during and after the strikes including singing on the picket line while miners have their trade union meeting, attempting to carve a sheep and midnight cabbage pillaging.

This Red Ladder Theatre Company production shows the solidarity and strength of women in working class communities determined to fight a government that aimed to destroy their community. They are currently on tour until February 2015.

Tanis Belsham-Wray

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Step up fight against Tories

"Britain will never be the same again"

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Socialist Party news and analysis

Keep hospital services in the NHS

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Socialist Party youth and students

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Students: fight to end austerity and capitalism


International socialist news and analysis

Inequality and fightback in the United States

Oppose the TTIP agreement

Climate change: "We're running out of time"


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus drivers march for decent pay

TUC congress: Reject Carney's 'equality of sacrifice'

Ritzy cinema workers win 26% pay rise

Lambeth College


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The Socialist: a tool for workplace organisers

Fighting for fair fares

Socialist Party campaigning news


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Pride - How solidarity overcame prejudice

We're Not Going Back

Bradford benefits under attack

Why I'm a socialist


Obituary

Ian Paisley: Peacemaker or warmonger?


 

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