ONLINE PROJECTS & DISCUSSIONS
During the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lock down and restrictions, theatres and community venues were closed down and access severely restricted which meant that performances of any kind were cancelled or postponed. As a result, many theatres and companies turned to sharing their work and creating new projects for their audience through online platforms. It turned out for many to be an unexpectedly exciting and productive time as well, and a way of presenting or complementing future theatre work when the world returns to something near normal. This page is devoted to the work that Townsend Theatre Productions created over the period of lockdown, and any subsequent projects.
WE ARE THE LIONS MR MANAGER
by Neil Gore
Nearly forty-five years ago a group of workers in a backstreet Willesden factory stood up to their unfair bosses and kick-started one of the longest and most important industrial disputes in British history. Led by Asian women, the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed the face of traditionally white, male trade unions, and inspired thousands to speak out against injustice.
The whole film is available upon request for a small fee.
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama
by Neil Gore (Audio 'Radio' Play)
In 1936, speedway super-star Clem "Dare Devil" Beckett joined others to fight with the Spanish people to defend democracy against Franco's fascist armies. Commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust, this play was part of the 80th Anniversary commemorations of the Spanish Civil War.
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There's More To Building Ships
A short introductory film by Townsend Theatre Productions and Reel News to celebrate to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UCS Work-In, 1971-72. With recent interviews from our research and development project with 'Work-In' veterans and former shipyard workers.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Digital film of Neil Gore's one person show.
Townsend Theatre Productions' "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists", based on Robert Tressell's 1914 novel, is a classic representation of the impoverished and politically powerless underclass of British society in Edwardian England
reimagined as a one-man magic lantern show using lantern & projected animation; it is
compelling, humorous and clear in its modern-day relevance - economic climate, job security, workplace scenarios party politics and the class system.
The whole film will be available upon request for a small fee.