Remembering the Rent Strikes 100 Years On

The life of ILPer Mary Barbour will be centre stage at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre in November when a heralded play about the 1915 rent strikes returns to the city to mark the centenary of that historic struggle.

Mary Barbour rent strikeMrs Barbour’s Daughters, written by award-winning playwright AJ Taudevin, tells the story of the remarkable woman who led a 20,000-strong protest in the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915. Mary Barbour’s army fought against evictions from their homes with bundles of washing, cooking pots and wooden spoons. And they won.

Barbour went on to form the Women’s Peace Crusade, but the play is set 100 years on as an old woman sits in a sinking Govan tenement, battling her memories and reaching for an idea of a time which put all of us first.

Mrs Barbour’s Daughters charts a family history of sisterhood and betrayal interwoven in a social history of women’s resistance incorporating worker, protest and popular songs from the last 100 years.

The 2014 Oran Mor production of the play, in association with the Traverse, played to sold out audiences. The play returns to Glasgow in November to join the city’s celebrations of the centenary of the rent strikes when the Clydeside blazed with political activism.

What: Mrs Barbour’s Daughters
When:  4-7 November 2015
Where: Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

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Click here to read more about Mary Barbour and the campaign for a lasting memorial to the Govan hero.

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