New play reliving the Grunwick strike to come to Bury St Edmunds

We Are Lions, Mr Manager is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PAUL S

We Are Lions, Mr Manager is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PAUL SANDY - Credit: Archant

A new play which relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick strike in north-west London in the 1970s is coming to the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

We Are Lions, Mr Manager is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PAUL S

We Are Lions, Mr Manager is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PAUL SANDY - Credit: Archant

We Are Lions, Mr Manager! tells the story of the “strikers in saris” – a group of workers, led mostly by east African Asian women, who walked out of a film processing factory in Willesden in protest at unfair working conditions and low pay.

Their fight for fair treatment was supported by thousands of trade unionists and campaigners and more than 20,000 people joined them at the picket lines.

Written by Neil Gore, the play by Townsend Productions will tell the story of the dispute through a mixture of stirring song, poetry, movement and dance.

The role of Jayaben Desai, who led the first walk-out and inspired future generations, will be played by Medhavi Patel – who is a distant relative of the strike leader.


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We Are Lions, Mr Manager! will be performed at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday, April 10, at 7.30pm.

For more information and tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/we-are-lionsmr-manager/

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