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We Are the Lions, Mr. Manager!

Townsend Productions

‘We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’: Is the story of the Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike of 1976-78 and inspirational strike-leader Jayaben Desai, one of many newly arrived Gujurati workers from East Africa. It has tremendous contemporary relevance (immigration, workplace exploitation, women's rights, racism and human dignity), and is told in Townsend Productions’ accessible, imaginative, entertaining theatrical style with songs and music of the 1970s.  This is social history presented in an entertaining, participatory and engaging way. It contains a serious message delivered in an energetic and comedic manner.

Forty years ago a group of workers in a backstreet London factory, in Willesden, 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 white, male trade unions, and inspired others to speak out against injustice.

Even during the hardest of times, strike-leader Jayaben Desai had the uncanny ability to evoke a mood or sum up a situation with a perfectly weighted turn of phrase and a way with words that captured the very essence of the human spirit. She had the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, when she told them:

‘What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!’


The Witham
29/11/2017, 7.30 pm
Book Online Or Call 01833 631107
St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
01/12/2017, 7.30 pm
Book Online Or Call 01388 528673

For more information about Townsend Productions please visit their website

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