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A Royal Exchange Theatre Production in association with Kandinsky

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: SCENES FROM THE LUDDITE REBELLION

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  • Created by James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney. Directed by James Yeatman. Dramaturgy by Lauren Mooney.
  • 25 July 2019 - 10 August 2019
  • The Theatre

James Yeatman’s new play brings the Luddites into our zero-hours era.

It's the early 1800s, Manchester is one of the most advanced cities in the world, overflowing with innovation. But the workers and craftsmen are being side-lined for profit. The world is shifting right under their feet. It is time to come together, it is time for rebellion – but with spies in the midst who can be trusted?

The Industrial Revolution was the original Northern Powerhouse, but not everyone bought into the future it promised. Angry workers smashed the new machines and were written off as enemies of progress. Their 19th-century complaint, that bosses were using technology as an excuse to beat down the workers, resonates now more strongly than ever.

Using 21st-century technology, this vivid and passionate production shows how the Luddites helped inspire the birth of Manchester’s radical political identity – and what happens when people without power try to seize it.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 25 July - Saturday 10 August 2019

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm
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    RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 10 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes

    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50. Half Price Previews - Thursday 25 July, Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July, all at 7.30pm.

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    CONTENT WARNING: Please see here for the content warning for this show 

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  • Creative Team
  • CREATORS James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney

    DIRECTOR James Yeatman

    DRAMATURG Lauren Mooney

    CO-DESIGNER Naomi Kuyck-Cohen

    CO-DESIGNER Joshua Gadsby

    SOUND DESIGNER Pete Malkin

    CASTING DIRECTORS Jerry Knight-Smith CDG & Vicky Richardson CDG

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  • MEMBERS Q&A
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    Friday 2 August, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
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    POST-SHOW DISCUSSION 
    Thursday 1 August, following 7.30pm show. 
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    THEATRE CLUB
    Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
    Saturday 10 August, 4.45pm - 7.15pm
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