After sell out shows in St.Helens and Liverpool, Costal Productions took their ragged band of amateur and professional actors down to perform The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists at the newly established Opus Theatre in Hastings.
The show was the first theatre performance at the new venue and both shows were sold out with over 400 people attending the 2 shows.
The performance took an added poignancy as Hastings was where book was written by Robert Noonan/Tressell and the setting for the play – Mugsborough is largely based on the town.
Robert Boyle, Director of Costal Productions said “It was a real privilege to perform Ragged in Hastings – knowing that we were performing in the footsteps of where Tressell had written the book was extremely profound and we are looking forward to our future shows in Oldham and Birkenhead. With future plans for shows around the country it seems that the message of Tressell’s work is more important than ever”
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First published in 1914, the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society. Indicting the ‘philanthropy’ of the working class, who toil solely for the benefit of their masters, and initiating them into the secrets of the ‘Great Money Trick’ which alienates them from their labour, Owen’s spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system rouse his fellow men from their political quietism.
Read our article / review of the performance at St Helens College in April 2017 link
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