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Thu 28th Feb at 7:30pm
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
@ Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Featuring: Townsend Productions
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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: Townsend Productions
A delightful new version of the classic book by Robert Tressell.
Using instrumentation, songs of the period, movement, physicalisation, comedy and characterisation to create the spirit and clarity of the political message, the play shares with its audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a three-storey town house for Mayor Sweater. It traces their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England. These workers are the "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters
Performed as a two-hander, the production remains as vivid and as relevant as when it was written almost a century ago.
Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, has become a classic of working-class literature since its first publication in 1914. The themes and style of the piece are eternally relevant and provoking as it puts life and politics into sharp focus in an entertaining and accessible way.
Townsend Productions - led by producer and director Louise Townsend - is a small collaboration of artists that have come together to create live theatre of the highest possible artistic standard for audiences in theatre venues that is genuinely accessible and relevant, innovative, imaginative, challenging and that entertains with integrity and humour.
Their aim is to present touring theatre to audiences who are not within easy reach of theatre centres or to those who are not normally theatregoers in non-theatre venues, such as village halls, community centres, youth clubs, schools, working men's clubs, Trades Union conferences and galas.
They have also formed links with Trades Unions and artistic and educational organisations that represent the disadvantaged in society to produce work that explores themes and issues of special interest to those who feel they are disadvantaged, that still remains accessible to a wider audience.
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Venue: Norwich Arts Centre
Phone: 01603 660352
→ Norwich 17 min walk