The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a unique book published in 1914. A novel of humour and sharply observed characterisation, it is one of the first truly imaginative portrayals of life written from a working-class perspective.
The book charts a year in the lives of a group of painters and decorators in the town of Mugsborough at the turn of the last century. Haunted by fears of unemployment, the men struggle to keep their jobs at any cost but, in the course of events, some of them begin to realise that their condition of miserable poverty is neither ‘natural’ or ‘just’.
For the first time ever this new version of the play will be presented as a single performer show, featuring writer and actor Neil Gore, and will comprise an Edwardian Magic Lantern Show, political conjuring tricks and live music and song as the audience joins the performer through the events surrounding the renovation of a large townhouse, meeting the many familiar and infamous characters from the book.