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Theatre: Rouse, Ye Women!

Rouse, Ye Women! is a folk opera that tells the story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath striking to achieve a living wage for themselves and their families in 1910.

In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focused 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 five shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week.

Led by the charismatic union organiser and campaigner Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women laid down their tools to strike for a living wage. The success of the 10-week strike more than doubled their earnings and helped to make the principle of a national minimum wage a reality.

Brought by Townsend Theatre Productions, it 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.

It is written by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick and features rousing traditional songs and moving ballads.

Performance times and tickets

  • Friday 19 April • 8pm
  • Tickets £15 • £7.50 U26

    Pre-paid dining
    Three-course menu £25 • two-course menu £22 • savoury picnic box £15 • sweet picnic box £15

    Plus booking fee

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