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Sun, 23 Apr


The Blue Lamp

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Adapted by Neil Gore from the book by Robert Tressell, directed by Louise Townsend

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Time & Location

23 Apr 2023, 19:00

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU, UK


About the event

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Neil Gore, presents a one-person version of the classic novel by Robert Tressell featuring projection, political conjuring tricks, live music and song. Meet the famous characters and enjoy the scenes, speeches and songs, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.

This enduring and absorbing classic story of a year in the life of a group of Edwardian painters and decorators is brought to life by Neil Gore using his extensive knowledge of the book and the play, having performed it in many versions over forty years.

'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' follows a group of workers as they renovate ‘The Cave’, a three-storey town house, for Mayor Sweater. It traces their hardships and struggles 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. They are joined by artist Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of Capitalism along with his Socialist vision, highlights the exploitation in their workplace but also focuses on the inequality in society as a whole.


The Times

A one person Tour-De-Force

Clare Brennan (The Observer)

10/10 Sensational

Liverpool Echo

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

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