Ardent Theatre Company presents


by Tracy Ryan
13 APR - 6 MAY 2023

Ticket Prices:
£28.50 / £23 Concession / All Previews £16

Dunne’s Stores, Dublin, July 1984

A South African grapefruit starts something that will take nearly three years to finish…

It’s a hot, hot summer and Frankie Goes to Hollywood are riding high in the charts. At Dunne’s Store, shop assistant Mary Manning refuses to ring up a grapefruit, sticking to her union instructions not to handle South African goods, in protest of the country’s apartheid policies. Mary is immediately suspended and it’s not long before she and eight other young women and one young man, all workers at Dunne’s, are out on strike.  It’ll only last a few weeks…

Full of passion and humour, Strike! is the true story of the hardships and personal sacrifices, the friendships and camaraderie these extraordinary young people experienced as they stood up for what they believed in.

As their understanding of the suffering under apartheid in South Africa and the politics within their own Government deepened, they began a journey that would change their lives, and Ireland, forever.


an irresistible Irish drama about taking a stand★★★★ The Times

a taut, quick-witted production★★★★ The Times

a slick, smart production, ‘a charming show, telling a remarkable story
The Guardian

A thunderbolt of a chorus, Tracy Ryan’s new play comes direct from the fury-fuelled picket lineThe Stage

impossible to resist, Strike is a joyReviews Hub

a poignant reflection on our current times, the play grapples with what it means to stick to our morals when finances are tightThe Upcoming


Theatre: The Large

Mon – Sat: 19:30

Tue & Sat: 15:00

Running Time: 90 minutes

No re-entry and there is no interval.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

Contains some strong language.

Recommended for ages 14+.

The Company

Mensah Bediako

Aoife Boyle
Paul Carroll
Charlotte Duffy
Ciana Howlin
Adam Isla O’Brien
Sheila Moylette
Ciara Andrea Murphy
Chloe O’Reilly
Anne O’Riordan
Jessica Regan
Orla Scally
Doireann May White
Kirsty Patrick Ward
Libby Watson
Jamie Platt
Dominic Brennan
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Adam Burns
Harry Adu Faulkner
Chloe Brown
Caroline Hannam
Sofia Zaragoza
Raphaella Philcox

Production Photos

Production photos by Mark Douet

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Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

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How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Borough
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

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Tuesday 1.30pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1.30pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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