Drama Wed 13 March 2024

We're Not Going Back


75 Mines. 3 Sisters. 1 Cause. (And a six pack of Babycham)

2024 is the fortieth anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, a dispute that still resonates today. But the strike wasn’t just about pickets vs police – in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners and no cops. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

Early 1984, and Olive, Mary and Isabel are sisters whose everyday squabbles collide with a strike that forces them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.

This strike wasn’t just a war fought on the battlegrounds of picket line, Parliament and public opinion. It was as much a battle in the homes and families of those fighting for their communities.

From Red Ladder Theatre Company, We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.

All performances will use Talking Birds’ brilliant The Difference Engine, meaning d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members can get captions direct to their own mobile devices.


Wed 13 March 2024


Main House




120 minutes

Intermission Duration

20 minutes

Age guidance


Captioned Performance

Captioned Performance

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About Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Ladder is a Yorkshire-based, radical theatre company with over 50 years of history. The company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing new theatre, contributing to social change and global justice. Red Ladder is funded by Arts Council England and Leeds City Council.

Founded in 1968 in London, the company has a colourful history rooted in the radical socialist theatre movement in Britain known as agitprop. Born into an era of riots, demonstrations and revolts, Red Ladder has grown up, kicking, and screaming, into the 21st Century, where it continues to fight, entertain, and agitate in as equal measures as possible.

They make new plays, empowering, supporting and inspiring writers and theatre artists to tell stories that start on their (often northern, often working class) doorsteps and take radical leaps of imagination, challenging the systems that marginalise and oppress and make inclusive, inquisitive, embracing, bracing, laughing, crying, thinking, drinking, dancing, singing theatre.

Red Ladder goes wherever the audience is – to pubs and clubs, to housing estates and to theatres with velvet seats. We’ll meet you there, for a good night out that ends with you stepping back out into a world that now feels different, full of possibility, and capable of transformation. And has you singing all the way home.

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