“We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!” – April 12th 2018 7:30 at Barnsley Civic

“We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!” presented by Townse End Productions and sponsored by BTUC. Reception at 6:30pm and the play beginning at 7:30pm.

The Barnsley Civic website says ‘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 fore, 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 generations.

Tickets are £12/£10 Concession visit https://www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/events/we-are-the-lions-mr-manager or call the Box Office on 01226 327000

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