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Local Actors on Trail of Trade Union Hero

A company of North West actors will be visiting The Met, in Bury, this month to perform their adaptation of “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.”

“The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”, the novel written by Irish-born Robert Tressell, tells the story of a group of building workers in the early twentieth century, living in Muggsborough, a fictional town, based on Hastings, where Tressell was living.

The book was never published in Tressell’s life-time but became so popular after his death it has often been said it won Labour the 1946 general election. It was also known as “The Workers’ Bible”, so revered was it amongst Trade Unionists and Labour activists.

David Agnew, manager of the The Met, was only too pleased to have the group perform their adaptation,

“’The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”’ has played an influential part in the lives of many of our local audience,” David reflects, “especially those from the post-war generation. This new adaptation is bound to be enjoyed by them – but it would also be good to ignite some interest amongst younger theatre goers as well, perhaps because they want to find out what all the fuss was about.”

For Tom Mclennan, the writer of the adaptation, it’s a case of old book but still very relevant!
“Many of the injustices that Tressell so carefully charted are still present in today’s society,” maintains Tom. “You only have to think about the recent MPs expenses scandal to be reminded of the wonderful scenes in “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” featuring the corrupt councillors, divvying out the Council’s resources amongst themselves.”

The performance at The Met will be on Wednesday 1st July, 7.30pm.

The group will also be visiting Salford Arts Theatre on Thursday 2nd July before making heir way to the book’s birthplace, Hastings, for the annual Robert Tressell festival.

Tickets can be bought for The Met performance by phoning the box office on 0161 761 2216 or book online at www.themet.biz

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