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Chester venue to host play about famous American teachers strike

Banner Theatre Production present Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike at St Mary's Creative Space on October 13

Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike is coming to St Mary's Centre, Chester on Thursday, October 13

A play which deals with a famous teachers’ strike which took place in America in 2012 is coming to Chester.

Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike will be staged by the Banner Theatre Company at St Mary’s Creative Space on Thursday, October 13.

As battle lines are drawn across the United States between the corporate elite and the mass of the population, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and their community allies joined together to fight for public sector education.

Chicago tells the story of the 2012 CTU’s strike and explores their successful organising agenda that empowered their members and mobilised parents, students and the wider community.

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That agenda produced a strike vote of 98% on a 90% turnout, nine days of mass pickets, creative sit-ins and demonstrations covering 840 schools across the city and hundreds of thousands of vocal and active supporters.

The production weaves together music, song and inspirational video footage and interviews.

Produced with financial support from the national NUT, the production is sponsored locally by West Cheshire NUT, Cheshire NASUWT and West Cheshire UNISON.

The show takes place at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Pay on the door, or pre-book at Eventbrite. Tickets £7, concessions £5.

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