We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!
Townsend Productions in association with Tara Arts
Tues 21- Sat 25 November 7.30pm, Thurs 2pm
We are the Lions, Mr. Manager! Is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.
She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power list.
She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the forefront, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling 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!’.
She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generation.
Townsend Productions: ‘…a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’ – The Observer
PRE-SHOW TALK AND Q&A
Tuesday 21 November | 6.30pm
Graham Taylor co-writer of the book Grunwick: The Workers Story, award-winning journalist Amrit Wilson and Jayaben Desai's son Sunil Desai will discuss the significance of the Grunwick Strike of 1977-78, led by the indomitable Jeyaben Desai.
For ticket holders only.
Townsend Productions previous tours:
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (★★★★ ‘Tremendous’ – The Times),
We Will Be Free! (Show to see! – The Stage),
United We Stand (★★★★ ‘Excellent’ – The Observer),
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama (★★★★★ ‘Outstanding’ – London Theatre1)