Acclaimed political tale at the Soundwave Centre

Soundwave Arts Centre, Worksop
Soundwave Arts Centre, Worksop

The Soundwave Centre in Worksop is gearing up to host Townsend Productions’ version of Robert Tressell’s celebrated tale The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists on Saturday 13th April.

Fresh from a sold out national tour and much critical acclaim, it uses intrumentation, songs of the period, physicalisation and comedy to create spirit and clarity of the political message of the play.

The show follows a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a three-storey town house for Mayor Sweater. It traces their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England.

These workers are the philanthropists who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

A show spokesman said Tressell’s tale has become become a classic of working-class literature since its first publication in 1914.

“The themes and style of the piece are eternally relevant and provoking as it puts life and politics into sharp focus in an entertaining and accessible way,” she said.

“What, with a Tory-led coalition government in power, and that the year 2011 is the centenary anniversary of Robert Tressell’s death, the company felt it was the right time for this show to be seen on tour nationally.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ excellent cast features Richard Stone (Coronation Street and Emmerdale) and Neil Gore (Song of Singapore, Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End). The production is directed by Louise Townsend, with the creative team including designs by Finetime Fontayne and lighting by Brian O’Carroll.

Tickets for The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists are priced at £10 (£6 concs). They can be purchased by calling 01909 474458, from The ViTaL Charity Shop on Bridge Street, online at or email