Townsend Productions

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager

By Neil Gore

Guildhall Theatre

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Wed 1 Nov

Tickets: £10.75 More price information

Suitable for ages 11+
Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

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About the event

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List.

She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them:

“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!”

She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. 


Dates & Tickets

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager

Wed 1 Nov 2017, 7:30pm


Prices & Offers


Concessions: £8.75

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click through to Buy Tickets for individual prices and availability. Please note that proof may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the auditorium.


"...a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre" - The Observer

Praise for Townsend Productions previous tours:

"**** Tremendous" - The Times

"Show to see!" - The Stage

"**** Excellent" - The Observer

"***** Outstanding" - London Theatre