Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, about a group of painters and decorators and their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England, has become a classic of working-class literature since its first publication in 1914. This brilliant stage version by Stephen Lowe was revived by Half Moon Theatre in the wake of the 1983 General Election (Margaret Thatcher’s second term).
There were 58 performances at Half Moon Theatre, attended by, 8545 people.
Actor, Josie Lawrence talks about her first ever professional theatre job and the profound impact it had upon her life. She describes how in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist she had to learn DIY skills. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.