All out for United We Stand, a spring highlight at Stephen Joseph Theatre

United We Stand
United We Stand

There’s industrial unrest in theatreland and it’s making for riveting drama on the stage.

While the Ford women strike behind Gemma Arterton in Made In Dagenham in London’s West End one of the highlights of the spring season at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre is United We Stand.

Based on the true story of the 1972 Builders’ Strike, Townsend Productions’ United We Stand tells the story behind the unrest which led to the arrest of building workers Des Warren and, later Royale Family actor, Ricky Tomlinson.

The SJT marks its 60th anniversary in 2015 with special events planned throughout and familiar faces making an appearance.

The annual ReachOut Festival returns from 7 to 28 February, celebrating the work of young and old members of the community through performances, workshops and mini-festivals.

Secret Diaries

Re-capture your youth with an honest look at the world through teenage eyes in Art with Heart’s Secret Diaries.

As the Iron Lady stands and Iron Curtain falls, Hayley, her dad and best friend Debbie, struggle to find their way in an ever-changing world.

Mary Jo Randle – star of TV series’ The Bill and Cutting It – plays ever optimistic Barbara in Big Pants & Botox by Louise Roche.

She takes the audience on a hilarious, intriguing, touching but ultimately uplifting journey through the hazards of middle-age.

The surreal black comedy Mugs Arrows, comes in March. Eddie Elks’ heartfelt darts drama, set in a Derbyshire pub, explores the depths of the human psyche, love, loss, friendship… and arrows, leading to disturbing results.

At Easter families will enjoy Yeh Shen, an enchanting tale of a young orphaned girl, a magical fish, a nasty stepmother and sister, and a lost shoe.

In April, the theatre stages Satin ‘n’ Steel – a moving, feel good piece of theatre from Amanda Whittington.

When karaoke singer Teena White meets veteran pro, Vince Steel, they form club duo Satin ‘n’ Steel and a deep love soon forms but a guilty secret threatens to smash their showbiz bubble.

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Alison Skilbeck, who performed regularly with Alan Ayckbourn at the theatre, returns to present Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London.

Her solo show explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the president, who, in 1942, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London.

As part of the 60th anniversary fringe events, there will be a Tea Time Talk with Alison on 11 April.

The Round re-opens for Northern Broadsides who present Shakespeare’s King Lear in April.

Barrie Rutter plays Lear, an ageing and deeply flawed individual who wrecks his relationship with his three daughters and in doing so, loses all he has.

Director Jonathan Miller brings his remarkable talent for detailed human observation to the play.

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