Arts Derbyshire


WASPI campaigners announce return of sell-out show

WOMEN Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners’ sell-out show, Stung, returns to Chesterfield this Saturday, featuring a cast of local pension campaign heroes.
Pensioners from across the Derbyshire and Yorkshire borders are returning to Chesterfield College this weekend with a matinee performance of their sell-out musical, StungThe show tells the stories of 1950s-born women who were affected by a ‘catalogue of errors’ by the Department of Work and Pensions, when State Pension ages increased. The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign calls for fair and fast compensation for the 3.6 million women affected, following a series of DWP failings
Stung describes the tale of women across Derbyshire and Yorkshire who had their lives turned upside down after the Government failed to properly notify them of increases to their State Pension age.
More than 3.8 million women across the UK were affected by the DWP’s failure to notify them of the rise to the State Pension age from 60 to 65, and later 66.
Tens of thousands were plunged into poverty as a result and had their retirement plans thrown into chaos. Many are now some of the worst affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
Performed by affected women themselves, the show highlights the heartbreaking stories of the sacrifices made by WASPI women and the ongoing financial challenges many still endure.
Stung also showcases the energy and determination of women calling for compensation from the Government, over the course of more than seven years.
Angela Madden, Chair of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, who lives near Chesterfield, said:
“After a sell-out show in March, the cast of Stung are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield to tell our stories and share the tale of one of the county’s largest female-led campaigns of modern times.
“Those on stage aren’t just acting. They’re telling their own stories, and reflecting the real-world devastating impact of DWP’s catalogue of errors.
“All monies raised from the performance and the campaign single will help bring us one step closer to securing fair and fast compensation for WASPI women.”
The matinee performance begins at 3pm on Saturday 11th November at West Studios Theatre at Chesterfield College. A limited number of tickets, priced at only £6 are available via Eventbrite.
The return of Stung follows WASPI’s campaign single release across local and national radio in September. The song, bearing the same name, will also feature in Saturday’s performance.

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