Following on from their successful production of The Caretaker last year,
emerging St Helens theatre company – Costal Productions – are set to return to St Helens Central Library to perform their most ambitious project yet.
As part of the Arts Council funded Cultural Hubs ‘Arts in Libraries’
programme, Costal Productions presents The Ragged Trousered
Philanthropists, Tom McLennan’s adaptation of the 1914 book written by
Robert Tressell, which tells the tale of a group of painters who are
content with their lot and happy to idolise, obey and kowtow to their
masters – until they are forced to question their subservience by fellow
worker – Frank Owen.
Frank’s spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist
system rouse his fellow men to stand up and shake off the shackles of their political quietism. But will the men be saved from their apathetic
compliance or continue to bow and scrape and accept the status quo?
The show, sponsored by the St Helens branch of Unite the Union, features a cast of professional and first-time local actors attracted to the project
by the significance and importance of the book, which still remains
Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public
Health and Wellbeing, which includes libraries, said: “It’s so nice to see
a local theatre company returning to Central Library, which has been the
home of many great performing arts shows over the years.
“I would encourage people to turn out and support them – because they are
certainly in for a treat with this.”
Performances on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November have sold-out, but there are still a limited number of tickets available for the show on Thursday 5th November at St Helens Central Library at 7:00pm.
Please note that the show is suitable for adults and teenagers only, due to
some strong language.
Tickets are £8 each, £7 for St Helens Library card holders – and £5 for
Call into any library in St Helens to purchase your tickets.