United We Stand

Townsend Productions’ play, United We Stand, follows in the traditional of their highly successful productions The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free!-the Tolpuddle Martyrs Story, and focuses on the true and still very current events that led to the imprisonment of building workers Des Warren, Eric Tomlinson, and John McKinsie Jones.

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It reflects the great tide of anger, which rocked the very foundations of the established political elite, examine the extraordinary political will of all the participants and share the anguish of falling prey to a flagrant miscarriage of justice.

Townsend productions presented the play at the Irish Centre Liverpool on the 1st April 2015.

The play was sponsored by the manager of the Irish centre Paul Spooner. It was a complete sell out. There was a large contingent from UCATT in attendance to support the play and the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign. The reputation of the play drew people from all over the country to the centre to see it being performed.

Eileen Turnbull, the Shrewsbury 24 campaign researcher, congratulated Townsend theatre group for the accuracy of the story. Eileen has spent many years researching the picketing at the  Shrewsbury building sites in 1972 and the subsequent trials at Shrewsbury Crown Court. Her research forms the basis for the pickets’ case which is currently being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  She thanked Paul Fox and Neil Gore on behalf of the campaign for their support and their outstanding performances.

John McKinsie Jones ( jailed for 9 months at the first trial) was in the audience and said afterwards, “The story and the acting was brilliant. I was moved to tears as the memories of what happened to us flooded back.” Terry Renshaw, a picket who was convicted in the third trial at Shrewsbury,  added, “I was very moved by the play, the way it set the scene of the politics of the  70’s and the master stroke of having the music of the time running through the play”.

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Photographs Copyright Chris Gregory Photography. All rights reserved 2015.

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