The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Townsend Productions presents

Wed 24 - Sat 27 October, 7.30pm, Matinees Thurs 2pm & Sat 3pm


by Robert Tressell 

adapted and performed by Neil Gore

‘The man of many characters’, actor Neil Gore, presents an Edwardian Magic Show using Magic Lantern and projected animation, with political conjuring tricks and live music and song, based on the classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Robert Tressell’s novel about life in the building trades was first published over 100 years ago, and was barely noticed. Since then, in one edition after another, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has been passed from hand to hand, and won itself a place not only in the folklore of working people, but also in literary history as the first authentic English working-class novel.

In this entertaining one-man show we meet the familiar characters from the book; participate in the famous Great Money Trick; enjoy the scenes, speeches, and songs that trace “twelve months in hell” as the painters and decorators struggle to maintain themselves and families through hard work, poverty, and the constant fear of unemployment, whilst renovating a large town-house for the local mayor - Mayor Sweater. 

This witty, humorous, enduring and absorbing classic story is brought to life by Neil Gore using his extensive knowledge of the book and the play, having performed it in many versions over thirty-five years.

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