In 1915, Mary Barbour led 20,000 women in Glasgow’s Rent Strikes. Mary Barbour’s Army fought against evictions from their homes with bundles of washing, cooking pots and wooden spoons. They won.
100 years on, an old woman sits in a sinking Govan tenement, battling her memories and reaching for an idea of a time which put all of us first.
The 2014 Oran Mor production, in association with the Traverse, played to sold-out audiences. This year the play returns to Glasgow to join the city's celebrations of the centenary of the Rent Strikes when the Clydeside blazed with political activism.
Contains foreword, essays and reflections from Karine Polwart, Catriona Burness, John Foster and Mary Lockhart.
AJ Taudevin is a writer whose writing credits include Chalk Farm (Oran Mor), Demons (Oran Mor), The Jean-Jacques Rousseau Show (Oran Mor), UNtruth (Traverse) and The YelloWing (Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival). She is currently on a year long attachment with the Traverse Theatre as part of the Traverse Fifty. She won the Playwrights Studio Scotland New Writers Award 2010 and with their support wrote Some Other Mother. She co-directed Beats (CATS Best New Play winner 2012) and Hitch (nominated in the same category 2011) both by Kieran Hurley.