We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!
The critically acclaimed play about activist Jayaben Desai by Townsend Productions returns to Tara
Monday 7 May
After a sell-out run at Tara Theatre in Novemeber last year, Townsend Productions are back with We are the Lions, Mr. Manager! It 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.
‘…a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’ – The Observer
This event is part of 'I'll Say It Again! A season of work by women artists'. This is a month-long festival of events including theatre, music, poetry and dance, celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK.