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TOPIC: Striking Musical On Women Who Fought Glasgow Slum Landlords – And Won

Striking Musical On Women Who Fought Glasgow Slum Landlords – And Won 20 May 2017 09:54 #2648

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MAY 2017 Saturday 20TH posted by Morning Star in Arts

Rent Strike!
Govanhill Community Trust
Glasgow
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A LITTLE over 100 years has passed since Mary Barbour inspired women across Glasgow to organise rent strikes during WWI, defying greedy landlords and bosses and winning their demands in the process.
It’s fitting that she should be remembered in this musical which tells their story honestly, humorously and with plenty of catchy songs and music which stay with you long after you’ve left.
Pitheid’s production of Rent Strike! opens with the city’s men caught up in the excitement of war, leaving their families, wives and children behind to run households alone without their source of income.
Landlords, taking advantage of the problems of overcrowding, demand rent increases despite the dilapidated state of the housing and the fact that the tenants can barely afford to eat, with many of their men off fighting in the war.
In scenes that are touching, warm and hilarious, the women come together in a great show of solidarity to organise against the increases.
They confront a landlord and send him and his henchmen scarpering when he tries to evict them.

More Here;
www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e40c-Striking-musical-on-women-who-fought-Glasgow-slum-landlords-and-won#.WSADtGgrIdU
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Striking Musical On Women Who Fought Glasgow Slum Landlords – And Won 21 May 2017 02:04 #2667

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Always nice to hear of people standing up to bullies so will keep a look out for this thanks. I already knew of the situation another angle to it is the lads were off fighting on a promise of homes fit for heroes. Some of my relatives in Stirling didn't come back home from that war. I find history of female protests/rebellions etc fascinating. Women had to be allowed into the unions in Scotland due to wildcat strikes, previously it was men only. I think the luddite leaders used to dress up as women although not quite sure why.
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