spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Events subcategories:

Current events

* Historic events

Socialist Party major events


Historic events keywords:

11th September 2001 (16)

1926 general strike (18)

1945 Labour Party landslide (3)

1962 Cuban missile crisis (1)

Aberfan (1)

Bloody Sunday (6)

Brixton riots 1981 (1)

Chartist (7)

Chartists (9)

Chinese revolution 1949 (1)

East Germany 1953 (1)

Falklands (3)

Falklands-Malvinas war 1982 (1)

First World War (5)

France 1968 (15)

Fuel protests (4)

Genoa protest 2001 (7)

Germany 1919 (2)

Great French Revolution 1789 (6)

Great Unrest 1911-1914 (1)

Grunwick (9)

Gulf War (7)

Heath government 1974 (1)

Hillsborough 1989 (1)

Hiroshima (4)

Hungary 1956 (3)

Hurricane Katrina (9)

Iran 1978-79 (1)

Jarrow Crusade (5)

Korean war 1950-1953 (1)

Labour Representation Committee 1900 (1)

Lockerbie (1)

Madrid Bombings (2)

Malvinas (3)

Manningham Mills 1890 (1)

Militant Tendency in Liverpool 1983-87 (1)

Miners Strike 1984-85 (7)

Newport Rising 1839 (1)

Nicaraguan revolution (1)

Orgreave (27)

Palestinian uprising (3)

Paris Commune 1871 (4)

Pentrich (4)

Peterloo (10)

Poll tax (101)

Portugal revolution 1974 (1)

Russia 1905 (1)

Russian Revolution 1917 (10)

Russian revolution (84)

Second World War (6)

Shrewsbury 24 (6)

Spanish civil war 1936-39 (2)

Suez 1956 (1)

Teamster Rebellion (5)

Teamsters (2)

The Holocaust (4)

Tolpuddle 1834 (1)

Vietnam war (15)

WW1 (6)

Wall Street Crash (3)

Wapping (1)

Watergate (1)

Winter of Discontent (7)

dotcom bubble bursts 2000 (1)

Shrewsbury 24


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 833, 12 November 2014: We can win 10 an hour

Search site for keywords: Shrewsbury 24 - Theatre - Strike - Conspiracy - Trial - Union - Shrewsbury - Government - Ricky Tomlinson

Theatre Review: United We Stand

RickyTomlinson, photo Harry Smith

RickyTomlinson, photo Harry Smith

Reviewed by Kate Jones, Socialist Party Wales

It is the summer of 1972, two years into a Tory government, and building workers take strike action against the 'Lump' - the use of cash-in-hand non-union labour in the building industry.

Flying pickets travel from site to site, and succeed in persuading workers to join the union, and the strike. The bosses retaliate. The big building companies, and their Tory allies, decide to teach the trade unions a lesson.

Des Warren and Eric 'Ricky' Tomlinson are two workers who pay a heavy price, when 24 pickets are charged with a variety of offences, including 'conspiracy to intimidate and affray'. Conspiracy laws, not used since the days of Queen Victoria, are a stick to punish the workers.

United We Stand, currently touring, is a political - and highly entertaining - two-man show, which uses humour, music and puppets to tell the story of the strike and its aftermath. The audience become the workers at the strike meeting and the public at the trial. News and other footage from the time are projected on to a sheet draped over the scaffolding that makes up a simple set.

Over 40 years later, the campaign to overturn the verdicts continues. On tour with the play is an exhibition from the official Shrewsbury 24 Campaign. As Des Warren told his trial: "The only conspiracy was between the government, the employers and the police".

Ricky Tomlinson, today supporting the play, comments: "They wanted the prison sentences to act as a deterrent to prevent workers from taking strike action. Every worker should know what happened to us to ensure it does not happen again." United We Stand is a play which every trade unionist and activist should see.


United We Stand by Neil Gore

Townsend Productions in association with the official Shrewsbury 24Campaign www.townsendproductions.org.uk







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999