The Liberty Tree, a rebellious, feel-good, jukebox musical for anyone sick of being overworked, underpaid and powerless, comes to London’s Cockpit Theatre from tomorrow after a sell-out run in Bath.
This hilarious, up-lifting satire on modern Britain, has been written and directed by TV & theatre actor, writer and director, Chris Jury, best known from the classic antiques drama, Lovejoy and directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders.
“I wrote the play as a response to what I perceive as a crisis of political education in the UK”, says Jury. “Many young people have not even the flimsiest notions of how we got to be supposedly free citizens in a free country, let alone that it is possible to resist the exploitation they are all too aware they are experiencing in the workplace.”
Rosa is a young woman working in a Call Centre (the electronic sweatshops of the 21st Century). She witnesses a manager cruelly bullying a colleague but does nothing.
A fellow worker, Joe, does intervene and is sacked. That night Rosa is tormented by her cowardice in the face of such injustice. As she sleeps she dreams and when she awakes she is trapped in the grotesque, The Land Of Do What You’re Told.
She soon discovers that the only way out of this land of obedience and subservience is to go on a journey to find The Liberty Tree…
The show is performed by students and young activists and is an inspiring night out for all lefties, radicals, socialists, anarchists, trade unionists and fellow travellers.
The Liberty Tree is deliberately aimed at young people, students and young trade unionists.
It is an attempt to address a failure of education not through lectures and textbooks, but through the vehicle of a large-scale musical that uses drama, music and comedy.
The Liberty Tree runs at the Cockpit Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday.