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Theatre: We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

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 remarkable story of the Grunwick strike comes to Rosehill on April 21.

This remarkable production tells the story of Jayaben Desai who led the Grunwick Strike in 1976-1978. Facing draconian conditions, this educated woman and her fellow workers, mostly immigrants, began a fight for union recognition which resonates up to today.

A resolute and dedicated inspiration whose leadership converted an industrial dispute into a national campaign for dignity and human rights and changed the face of industrial relations, Jayaben Desai was listed by Radio 4 amongst those women who have had the most impact on the lives of other women over the last 70 years.

Brought to Rosehill by Townsend Theatre Productions, this pacey performance with all roles played by Medhavi Patel and co-writer Neil Gore tells the story of the strike in words and music; a thought-provoking and inspirational telling of a powerful story with humour and hope.

★★★★A powerful story, powerfully toldClare Brennan. The Observer.

Tickets are £12 (£10 for under 26s) available online or from the box office on 01946 692422 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The show begins at 7.30pm, so perfect timing for an early dinner at Rosehill's Green Room restaurant beforehand! See a sample menu and how to book.



If you're travelling into the area for this event, why not stay over locally by taking advantage of our partnership rate with two top local accommodation providers?

Hunday Manor country house hotel is only £80 B&B per night for two sharing a double or twin room.

Moresby Hall country guesthouse is only £80 B&B per night for two sharing a double or twin room.


Performance times and tickets

  • Saturday 21 April 2018 • 7.30pm
  • Tickets £12 • U26 £10

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  • Accommodation
  • Discounted rates at:
    Hunday Manor with code 'Rosehill'
    Moresby Hall with code 'Rosehill1'

We are grateful to the following organisations for capital funding:

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We are grateful to the following organisations for revenue funding:

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