Theatre – Sat 21 Sept – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Neil Gore

Masterpiece of wit & political passion

‘I left the theatre feeling empowered and thirsty to fight the power and change the future!’

Katie Leon

8pm Croft Hall – Tickets £16

This your chance to hear Brian Bilston – known as ‘the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter’ – talk about and read from his first novel, which is liberally interspersed with hilarious poems on the mundane and the profound.

Actor Neil Gore brings this humorous and absorbing book to life in his one-man magic lantern show. Based on the 1914 novel by Robert Tressell, it’s story is set in the building trades of Edwardian England where painters and decorators struggle to maintain themselves and their families, poverty and the constant fear of unemployment notwithstanding, while renovating a large townhouse for the local mayor.

With projected animation, conjuring tricks, live music and song, there’s something for all the family here, not least the chance to become acquainted with this timeless story of socialism and political awakening.



A Company making a name for delivering, vivid politically committed theatre’

 A phenomenal performance’

John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)

After my Constituency Labour Party hosted two performances of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists earlier this month – reimagined for the stage by Townsend Productions and actor Neil Gore – I was inspired to bring this fantastic production to Parliament 

Dan Carden MP

‘A wonderful performance by Neil Gore’

Ian Lavery MP President of the Labour Party)

‘It was fantastic. ❤️ actors!’

Tracy Brabin MP ‏ (Former Coronation Street Star)

‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a wonderful entertainment for all the family’

Peter Yates 

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‘I left the theatre feeling empowered and thirsty to fight the power and change the future!’

Katie Leon

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A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You’ll leave the theatre and join the struggle!”

Ken Loach, Film Director


The Times

10/10 Sensational

Liverpool Echo

‘A fantastic evening’s entertainment all round’

Julia Armstrong

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‘Excellent performance of the 1914 classic. I was proud to be one of the MPs in attendance and I thought Neil really brought home the relevance to 2018.’

Alex Norris MP