Painting a picture of Edwardian life

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists comes to Caistor this weekend
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists comes to Caistor this weekend

ROBERT Tressell’s classic book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is brought to the stage this Sunday, March 18, at Caistor Town Hall.

The play shares with its audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a three-storey town house for Mayor Sweater, tracing their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England.

These workers are the ‘philanthropists, who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

Performed as a two-hander, the play includes The Great Money Trick – the simplest demonstration of capitalist crisis yet performed.

Songs of the period, comedy routines and characterisation are all used to vividly recreate the spirit and clarity of the political message.

The performance starts at 7.30pm, with the bar open from 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 from Caistor Post Office. Alternatively call the box office on 01472 851159 or email arts@iartsco-caistor.co.uk .