In October 2018, Walton CLP hosted Townsend Productions’ and  Neil Gore’s theatrical adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
This is an archive of the page promoting this event.

Walton CLP is proud to present…

A new one-man show based on

THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS
by Robert Tressell

adapted and performed by Neil Gore
October 11th and 12th, 2018
Doors 6:30pm to start at 7pm
The Sandon Pub, 178-182 Oakfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0UH
A picture of a performer in a hat, playing an accordion against a decorative backdrop
A picture of a performer in a hat, playing an accordion against a decorative backdrop

Thursday October 11th
Ticket price includes:
– Performance of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ by Neil Gore
– A set from Joe Solo
– Talk from Dan Carden MP

Friday October 12th ***SOLD OUT***
Ticket price includes:
– Performance of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ by Neil Gore
– A set from Kenny Scott
– Talks from Dan Carden MP, and Alan Gibbons, Author and Walton CLP member

To purchase tickets for either night, please visit our Eventbrite page:
Friday 12th October is now sold out, though for Thursday 11th October, click here.

Our concessionary tickets for those on low incomes have been made possible thanks to generous donations from Unite the Union’s Preston and South Ribble 0522 branch, Unite’s Wirral Branch 9515 and Unite’s Liverpool Construction NW/0541 branch.
After event costs, all money raised will go into supporting the work of Walton CLP.

The Sandon is a wheelchair accessible venue.

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‘The man of many characters’, actor Neil Gore, presents an Edwardian Magic Show using Magic Lantern and projected animation, with political conjuring tricks and live music and song, based on the classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Robert Tressell’s novel about life in the building trades was first published over 100 years ago, and was barely noticed. Since then, in one edition after another, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has been passed from hand to hand, and won itself a place not only in the folklore of working people, but also in literary history as the first authentic English working-class novel.

In this entertaining one-man show we meet the familiar characters from the book; participate in the famous Great Money Trick; enjoy the scenes, speeches, and songs that trace “twelve months in hell” as the painters and decorators struggle to maintain themselves and families through hard work, poverty, and the constant fear of unemployment, whilst renovating a large town-house for the local mayor – Mayor Sweater.

This witty, humorous, enduring and absorbing classic story is brought to life by Neil Gore using his extensive knowledge of the book and the play, having performed it in many versions over thirty-five years.

“A strong and robust show that brings the characters, humour and inspirational ideas of this great book to life. It is needed now more than ever. You’ll leave the theatre and join the struggle!”  – Ken Loach, Film Director.

★★★★ “Tremendous” – The Times

10/10      “Sensational” – Liverpool Echo 

★★★★ “Highly entertaining” – Whatsonstage

A full length photograph of Neil Gore playing a small accordion
A full length photograph of Neil Gore playing a small accordion
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