25th July 2019 – 10th August 2019
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
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The Industrial Revolution was the original Northern Powerhouse, but not everyone bought into the future it promised. In mills and factories across England, angry workers smashed the new machines that threatened their way of life. These workers – the Luddites – were written off as enemies of progress. But 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 artefacts and technology, this vivid and passionate production shows how the Luddites helped inspire the birth of Manchester’s radical political identity – and how their long-misunderstood protests remain massively relevant today.
We’re really excited to be bringing this new piece to the Royal Exchange in time for the bicentenary of Peterloo.
Created by James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney
Director: James Yeatman
Dramaturg: Lauren Mooney
Set, Costume and Lights: Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Sound Design: Pete Malkin