We’re Not Going Back

We’re Not Going Back is a musical comedy about the 1984/85 miners strike as seen through the eyes of three sisters. if you fancy a night out and can make any of the dates it is well worth a watch.



9 July 2014 – 21 February 2015


We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.

But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’

Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.

We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.

Red Ladder are delighted to be working with Unite the union, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside on this production. For further information about their work visit their website

Unite the union website

Stacey Sampson, who plays Mary in We’re Not Going Back, is currently writing a new blog about being the main ‘bread winner’ in her home following returning to work after having a baby. It makes for a really interesting read, have a look here


Booking information for the below tour dates are to be announced shortly.


Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre
11 Sep 2014 – 12 Sep 2014

Fruit, Hull
15 Sep 2014

The Civic, Barnsley
18 Sep 2014 – 20 Sep 2014

Hebden Bridge Trades Club
21 Sep 2014

Coming Soon


University Campus Oldham
22 Sep 2014 – 23 Sep 2014

CAST, Doncaster
24 Sep 2014 – 25 Sep 2014

Coming Soon


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
26 Sep 2014

Coming Soon


Welfare, Ystradgynlais, Swansea
2 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


Cwmaman Theatre, Aberdare
3 Oct 2014

The Savoy Theatre, Tonyrefail
4 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
6 Oct 2014 – 7 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


The Royalty, Sunderland
8 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


Arts Centre Washington
9 Oct 2014

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
10 Oct 2014

Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
11 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


Regal Theatre, Bathgate
15 Oct 2014

Coming Soon


Hemsworth Miner’s Welfare
18 Oct 2014

Coming Soon






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