Arts Derbyshire


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists | In association with Live & Local

Friday 24th February 7:30pm
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

In association with Live & Local, Actor Neil Gore brings this humorous and absorbing book to life in his one-man magic lantern show. Based on the 1914 novel by Robert Tressell, its story is set in the building trades of Edwardian England where painters and decorators struggle to maintain themselves and their families, poverty and the constant fear of unemployment notwithstanding, while renovating a large townhouse for the local mayor.

With projected animation, conjuring tricks, live music and song, there’s something for all the family, not least the chance to become acquainted with this timeless story of socialism and political awakening.

‘A one-man, many-charactered tour de force’ Clare Brennan (Theatre Critic for The Observer) “A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You’ll leave the theatre and join the struggle!” Ken Loach, Film Director

Doors and Bar open 7pm
Tickets £12
Tickets are available from Spring Bank Arts Mon to Fri 9:30-12:30 01663 308202, on the door and online at

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