Fire Brigade Union “honoured” to back Derry play as it heads to Cardiff and London

The cast of Pits and Perverts. Picture MartinMcKeown. Inpresspics.com.
The cast of Pits and Perverts. Picture MartinMcKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Derry playwright Micheál Kerrigan’s groundbreaking work, Pits and Perverts, has been hailed by the Fire Brigades Union as it prepares to hit the big stage in London.

The production, which is directed by Patricia Byrne from Derry’s Sole Purpose Production is currently touring across various venues in Wales before hitting the capital, Cardiff, on Thursday, and then on to London next week.

Cast of 'Pits and Perverts' in action.

Cast of 'Pits and Perverts' in action.

The play is being staged on the 30th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) this week said it was an “honour” for them to support the play.

Pits and Perverts has taken off since being staged for a second year by Sole Purpose, in association with the Rainbow Project, during the 2014 Foyle Pride Festival in Derry.

Set in 1984, it tells the true story of an unlikely alliance between the gay community and the striking miners and their families.

The play will have a three-night run at the RADA Studio Theatre in London from October 1st to 3rd, before returning for a showing at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre from October 8th to 11th.

Speaking ahead of the London show, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigade Union general secretary, said: “It is an honour for the FBU to support a production recalling such an important struggle in modern trade union history as we remember the 30th anniversary of the miners strike.

“The hardship faced by mining communities and by the LGBT community under the Thatcher government needs to be remembered at a time where we face another assault on working people and public services.”