Banner Theatre presents “Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike”

 Sheffield Trades and Labour Club 1930hrs Monday 19th October 

Important Notice: Tickets will be available on the door price £7 and £4 conc. This is great value for what promises to be a fascinating and inspiring play by one of Britain’s leading political theatre groups.

Tickets are just £7 and £4 concessions.You can purchase tickets on the door.

to book on line using this eventbrite link

Martin Mayer STUC Secretary says “Sheffield Trade Union Council is delighted to host Banner Theatre’s latest production telling the story of Chicago Teachers Union and its members in the biggest ever US teachers strike in 2012 against neo-liberal policies of privatisation and attacks on teachers wages and conditions. Sounds familiar?……. We are very grateful for sponsorship from local teaching unions NUT, and UCU branches at both Sheffield and Hallam Universities.”

About advance tickets sales: We are sorry the eventbrite link was incorrect on the leaflet and in earlier email circulars. For those who did get through and were put off by the surcharge on ticket prices, don’t worry! Tickets will be available on the night as advance tickets sales were slower than expected. Please make every effort to come. There will also be a discussion afterwards hosted by the cast for those who want to stay behind.

Doors open at 1845hrs and the bar will be open for a pre-performance drink


Banner Theatre presents  “Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike


“Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike, is a 90 minute play using video documentary, music and humour to tell the story of USA’s biggest ever teachers strike in 2012 involving 29,000 teachers!. The show is a ‘must see’ for all of us in the UK who are concerned about the corporate direction that our own education system is taking, and asks the big questions about what kind of education system we want for our children. 

To get a flavour of  the struggle watch this 5 minute video from our interviews with the Chicago Teachers Union and community activists that we hope you will enjoy. As you will see, the interviews we conducted were very powerful and inspiring with, lessons for our own struggles here in the UK:

What we also found inspirational was their remarkable success in building a grassroots community organising coalition that was committed to fight for an education system that encourages children to think, create and challenge and not provide human ‘capital’ for big business to exploit.

Equally impressive was the incredibly successful bottom up, grassroots organising strategy that the union utilised in its structures and processes. This empowered its individual members to become the prime organisers with the union full-timers taking a supporting role. A strategy that is relevant to all unions, and most certainly those with members in the public sector.

What they say about Banner: 

“Truly inspirational”  Tony Benn

“First class songs and satire rooted in the experiences of ordinary people. They make us laugh, cry and think.”  Paul Mackney, ex-General Secretary, UCU

“We need Banner’s anti-cuts, anti-tax dodgers and pro-union productions to raise awareness and challenge the myths propagated by the corporate media.”Mark Serwotka, General Sercretary, PCS

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