Saturday 1 July 2023

Striking Sparks: The Story of the Matchgirls (TONIGHT at 7PM)

The premiere of A Fair Field by Jonathan Pease, is an evening of music telling the story of the Bow Matchgirls’ Strike of 1888. It is TONIGHT and tickets are available on the door.

This project brings together musicians from four community groups, Queen Mary University, and local schools, to perform a brand new piece telling the story of the Matchgirls Strike of 1888.

A historic event which took place in the Bryant & May factory in Bow, East London, the strike saw the group of young women and girls successfully challenge workplace exploitation and win better pay conditions. Their story was inspirational for subsequent generations of workers around the world.

The performance will take place on Saturday 1 July in The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London. Book tickets.

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