Theatre Saturday 17 February, 2018 7:30pm


WE ARE THE LIONS, MR MANAGER! 9Townsend Productions

‘We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List.She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them:

“What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!”




  • The Guardian Readers favourite shows of 2017

    The Guardian
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  •  ‘The story of Jayaben Desai… makes you laugh, feel and think… a powerful story, powerfully told.’

    Clare Brennan. The Observer
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  •  One of London’s top shows of 2017

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  •  “Magnificent Play”

    Peter Frost. The Morning Star (Front Page)
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  •  “Spellbinding and Mesmerising, theatre at it’s best”

    Owen J Lewis. I Love shrewsbury
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  •  ‘Superb piece of political drama from the peerless Townsend Theatre Productions.’

    Jeremy Miles. Bournemouth Echo 
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  •  ‘This production is an absolute winner.’

    Chris Omaweng. @LondonTheatre1
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  •  ‘This is theatre that is worth experiencing and it’s an important contribution to understanding how politics defines our lives.’

    ”In some respects its Brechtian in feel though more accurate would be to say it’s “Townsendesque” – a term that does not 

    @bourbonoza Peter Yates
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  •  ‘Neil Gore’s lively play We Are the Lions, Mr Manager! celebrates this important struggle focusing on the words and action of Jayaben Desai given a passionate engaging performance by Medhavi Patel.’

    British Theatre Guide
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  •  ‘Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike hits all the right notes’

    Bill Mullins The Socialist Paper
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  •  ‘We are the Lions Mr Manager’ is a small but perfectly formed play which tells the story of the Grunwick strike.’

    Harmit Athwal Institute of Race Relations
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Dinner & show offer

Dinner & show offer

Enjoy an evening at Bridport Art Centre’s Pantry Restaurant.

*A pre Show Supper is available with this event* 

The menus will be published alongside the event two weeks before the show. Vegetarian options available.

There will be an option to add your supper to your cart when you book the event. 

£14.95 two course /£17.95 three course 


'Townsend Productions are a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’

The Observer

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