Rouse, Ye Women!
Townsend Theatre Productions presents the world premiere of Rouse, Ye Women!
A play by Neil Gore based on the true story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers.
Women chainmakers in the Black Country in the 1900s started work at the forge as children and spent their entire lives making chains. These women had no vote, were largely illiterate, worked a 54-hour week for ‘starvation wages’, and had to take their children to work.
But in the Autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers of Cradley Heath held a ten-week strike against their employers. Led by the remarkable trade union organiser and campaigner Mary Macarthur, they won a minimum wage which doubled their incomes.
More importantly, they returned to work confident in the knowledge that by sticking together in a union they could stand up to the chain masters and companies.
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Director: Louise Townsend
Designer: Elizabeth Wright
Lighting Designer: Daniella Beattie
Music by John Kirkpatrick and Neil Gore