In January, two excellent exhibitions continue and The Civic welcomes a Ricky Tomlinson (Royal Family) approved new play based on The 1972 Builder’s Strike, to help put a smile on your face during the reportedly most depressing month of year.
In the 1960s and 70s the UK’s building companies were making millions re-building the country, but building workers faced the most dangerous working conditions and poorest wages of any trade. In the summer of ’72, for twelve weeks, 300,000 building workers launched their industry’s first national all-out strike to end cash “lump” wages and seek better pay by using the controversial tactic of ‘Flying Pickets’. The partial success of the strike, and the methods used, enraged the construction industry and government, and culminated in the arrest of 24 builders in North Wales who were charged with offences including conspiracy to intimidate and affray. The “24” were prosecuted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973 and three were jailed, including building workers Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson.
United We Stand
Sharp and humorous new play United We Stand by Townsend Productions based on the story of the “Shrewsbury 24” comes to The Civic, Barnsley on Friday 30 January. Combining Townsend Productions’ trademark cast of two playing multiple roles, grand theatrical style and wit with popular and political songs about the strike, arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick and Ricky Tomlinson’s poems from his time in prison, the production aims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in a powerful and thought-provoking innovative production.
Ricky Tomlinson said about the play, “I am delighted The Townsend Theatre Company are presenting a play about the 1972 building workers strike, and the plight of the Shrewsbury 24 building worker pickets. It is 41 years since I together with Des Warren and John McKinsie Jones were charged with conspiracy and jailed… Every worker should know what happened to us so as to ensure it does not happen again.”
Mark Evans – Dot To Dot To Now
Meanwhile The Civic’s gallery continues to showcase excellent home-grown talent, and ‘out of this world’ exhibitions. Dot to Dot to Now is a series of pointillism portraits by local artist Mark Evans and is on display in the Panorama until Saturday 31 January. Using this painting technique, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to excellently capture the appearance and character of his child.
International Images for Science – Spiral Planetary Nebula
And in partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, International Images for Science from The Royal Photography Society exhibition continues in Gallery@ until Saturday 7 February. Chosen by an expert panel of scientific photographers and scientists this biennial exhibition explores worlds we can only imagine, ranging from far-away galaxies to subatomic particles, using specialist imaging techniques.
United We Stand is at The Civic on Friday 30 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 11+.
Mark Evans: Dot to Dot to Now will be exhibited on the Panorama until 31 January 2015.
RPS: International Images for Science will be exhibited in Gallery@ until Saturday 7 February.
All exhibitions are free admission.
For more information visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.