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Mill Girls On Tour

Thomas Coats Memorial Church - High Street, Paisley, United Kingdom

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Full of heart and humour: a unique production of poetry, theatre and music.

As Never Before!

Thomas Coats Memorial Church - part of SMHAFF and Luminate Festival

'Excellent production. Was moved to tears and laughed so much at the 'Gallus Lassies'! Glasgow

'Fantastic!!!' 'Excellent piece of social history' Fringe by the Sea

'Fabulous and very moving' Ajay Close

Comic and tragic – Defiant and loving.

A poignant tribute to the resilient and passionate 'Mill Girls'.

Join the Mill Girls: Rosie, Sadie, Betty and Agnes as they celebrate the lives of the thousands of woman who worked in Paisley's great
thread mills in the 19th and 20th centuries, through captivating poetry, theatre and music. Paisley's Mill Girls were unique with their swagger and radicalism: 'Up the dancing' in their finery, protesting for equal pay, striding out in their thousands, 'making a whole town stop'. Theirs is a familiar story taking its place alongside the great mill towns of Britain and the rich social history of working people.

From factory floor and war efforts to friendships and love, it is a show that is comic and tragic, defiant and loving, always dramatic and
shimmering with glamour.

Paisley, Scotland's largest town, has a global significance as a textile town, from the world famous Paisley Pattern and Shawl, to young weavers experimenting to produce thread as fine as silk. The thread mills of Paisley once produced 98% of the world's thread. In 1993 the doors closed on the mills in Paisley. Mill Girls On Tour, based on the 'Mill Girls' poems, is a poignant tribute to the mills legacy, the making of a place and its people. It is relevant to all workers and their important place in our industrial and social history.

The cast is an exciting blend of Scottish and International poet, scriptwriter, actress and singer/songwriter: Anna MacDonald; Carmen Jongepier; Jody Jameson and Mo Blake.

Mill Girls On Tour - a show best suited to 12 years and older but all ages are welcome. You have a chance to meet the poets and cast, buy some lovely souvenirs.

A show loved by all who have seen it...

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