British Youth Music Theatre presents

When We Strike

by Shoenfeld & Burt
30 - 31 AUG 2024

Ticket Prices:
Standard tickets from £18 | Concessions from £16


In Victorian London, industry moguls assumed they could exploit a group of working-class girls to death, unopposed. They were wrong.

When We Strike is a brand new punk-rock musical, telling the story of the Match Girls’ strike – the strike that sparked the British labour movement – with a company of all-female and non-binary performers and musicians.

It’s 1888 and a group of working-class girls in East-London are barely making ends meet working for Bryant and May’s matchstick factory. Though their lives are tough, these girls are tougher. But when they learn the abhorrent working conditions in their factory are responsible for the mysterious disease that’s been killing them, the Match Girls must band together to stand up to the capitalist elite who see them as disposable – and change the world.

Inspired by historical events, the show celebrates the courage of young people and the rage of a new generation fighting for a more equitable world. Using the energy and fire of punk-rock, this new British musical will spark debate and question who’s responsible for igniting change.


Theatre: Main Space

Fri – Sat: 7.30pm

Fri & Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: 80 mins

No interval and no re-entry.

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

This production will contain some mild language and is recommended for ages 7+.

The Company

Caitlin Burt
Amir Schoenfeld
Francesca Goodridge
Jane McMurtrie

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When We Strike

at Venue: Elephant SE11

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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