This critically acclaimed play tells the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.
She was recently cited 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.
"Short¸ sharp scenes¸ as directed by Louise Townsend¸ make us laugh¸ feel and think. The strike failed¸ but the performance ends with a moving expression of hope and solidarity from Desai. This is not merely rhetoric. Throughout the performance¸ Townsend Theatre Productions give her message life¸ through the audience’s experience of her powerful story¸ powerfully told.” The Observer ****.
Voted one of the Guardian Readers' favourite shows of 2017
Sunday 11 March
Tickets £11 to £13 (plus booking fee) from Theatre Royal