Rise, Like Lions! (Autumn 2017)

A stirring, stomping, roaring celebration of grassroots resistance to those intent on tearing apart our welfare state, ripping up our environmental protections and imposing ever more draconian misery on millions!

Following the huge success of Labour’s election campaign, which focused on hope and an end to austerity, Rise, Like Lions! weaves inspirational stories of workers in struggle with music, song and video.

 The show exposes a 30-year plot to privatise the NHS and the fight to keep it in public hands. It stages the successful strikes of teaching support staff in Derby and Durham, and the massive campaign waged by unions and parents against the cuts to school budgets. The lively anti-fracking campaigns which have sprung up across the country are interlaced into the narrative, through the stories of those who lead them: local communities and trade unions, angry at the Tories’ destructive policies and incensed by their blatant disregard for local democracy.

 With its thundering mix of folk, reggae and ska, Rise, Like Lions! brings you songs, stories and video scoops from the frontline of the class war. So, switch off the fake news and tune in to the real news from Banner Theatre!

The production is supported by the NUT, Unison, Unite, USDAW and PCS.