|Townsend Theatre Productions has announced the tour of its new show Rouse, Ye Women! a play by Neil Gore based on the story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers
The folk opera tells the story of the Black Country women in the 1900s who started work at the forge as children and spent their entire lives making chains.
In 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers held a ten-week strike against their employers. Led by Mary Macarthur, they won a minimum wage which doubled their incomes. The strike was a prelude to the ‘Great Unrest’ of industrial action that swept Britain in 1911, and led to a landmark victory for a fair wage, changing the lives of thousands of workers.