Mrs Barbour’s Daughters
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Until 19 October
Old Mary sits in her chair as her condemned home sinks into the Glasgow ground.
She’s angry at news of Tory Britain interrupting the music of her past on the radio.
But Mary’s memories are not just of estrangement and failed relationships—they are also of Mary Barbour and the rent strike of the First World War.
Bring some hankies and be prepared to leave the theatre singing revolutionary songs.
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Touring until 21 February 2015
This musical comedy by Red Ladder Theatre tells the story of three women who set up a Women Against Pit Closures group.
Through sharp dialogue and moving songs it shows how struggle transforms them and the men in their lives.
The audience loved it when I saw it in Barnsley. And the cast joined Anne Scargill and Betty Cook to sing Women of the Working Class in the bar afterwards!