In collaboration with the Mechanics Centre Trust, at the birthplace of the TUC
BANNER THEATRE PRESENTS "Spirit of 1868"
Commissioned by the Mechanics Centre Trust to celebrate the founding of the TUC
and 150 years of union struggle.
In 1868 workers were fighting for union recognition, the end of casual labour,
and improvements in working conditions.
Spirit of 1868 stages a rousing account of a century and a half of workers’
continued struggle for a better world.
“Why not have a Congress of our own?”"
Samuel Nicholson, President of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council, 1868
In the 150 years since the first meeting of Trades Union Congress, trade unions
have led the fight for workers’r ights.
Spirit of 1868 is a stirring dramatisation of some of the struggles, protests and
moments of resistance that shaped our past and our present.
Exhilarating folk, blues, punk and reggae rhythms drive the stories of workers
standing together in solidarity across a century and a half of strikes and picket
For an entertaining, moving, riotous and inspiring evening,
book Banner Theatre’s Spirit of 1868.
“No other cultural workers that I can think of in Britain have for so long and so consistently and with such moving artistry expressed the humour, culture, aspirations and politics of the working class.”
Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU