Rid the World – Theatre at the Continental tonight

Posted on - 4th March, 2011 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

Events surrounding the 1911 Liverpool Transport Strike will be vividly brought back to life at The Continental tonight.


Based on a work by Manchester’s Trevor Griffiths, author of Comedians, and adapted by acclaimed playwright Rob Johnston, Rid the World is the latest in a series of touring small scale theatre productions to come to the venue this year.

As well as two plays at The Continental last year, Johnston’s work has been staged at The Soho and Hampstead Theatres in London and The Lowry, Royal Exchange and Library Theatres locally, plus three appearances at The 24-7 Manchester Theatre Festival.

Rid the World deals with political activist Tom Mann, who came to Liverpool to organise the historic transport strike – and in the process transformed Liverpool into a city with its own sense of working-class outrage and social responsibility. It’s a relevant and thrilling drama of 100 years ago, when gunboats patrolled the Mersey and Liverpool workers stood as one to face odds that were heavily stacked against them.

It all starts at 8pm tonight, tickets are £7, (£6 concessions) and are available from The Continental’s bar (01772 499425) from Preston Tourist Information (01772 253731) or online from Seetickets.

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