Northern Broadsides returning to the Playhouse with a satirical story of civil disobedience

A 1920s story transposed to Brexit Britain is set to visit the Playhouse this October, as Northern Broadsides return with They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! from 30 October to 2 November.

Directed by Wirral-born Conrad Nelson, They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! is an entertaining, satirical story told with a political message based on a play by Italian writer Dario Fo.

Set in modern day Northern England the production tells the story of Anthea – unemployed and at the end of her tether, she gets mixed up in a riot at her local supermarket. Seizing the moment, Andrea takes the opportunity to stock her empty cupboards and those of her friend, but what will the two friends tell their law-abiding husbands?

The original script has been adapted by Deborah McAndrew. She said: “They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! is fast and funny, but also sharp and relevant – providing countless opportunities to satirise the state of our own politics and the plight of the poorest people in society at a time of sustained austerity policy, Brexit, and ideological infighting on both sides of the Commons.”

Casting includes Steve Huison (The Full Monty, Coronation Street) playing the role of Jack and Matt Connor (Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; The Woman in Black, West End and UK Tour and Richard III, Northern Broadsides) as Lewis.

Returning to the Playhouse after performing in the Curve Theatre’s adaptation of George’s Marvellous Medicine in Spring 2018 is actor Lisa Howard as Anthea. Michael Hugo also returns following his role as the enigmatic Passepartout, in the award-winning Around the World in 80 Days at the Playhouse last Autumn. Michael will play the roles of Constable, Sergeant, Undertaker and ‘Pops’.

Suzanne Ahmet (Hard Times, Northern Broadsides and St George and the Dragon, National Theatre) completes the casting in the role of Maggie.

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! visits the Playhouse for seven performances from 30 October to 3 November. Tickets are on sale now and available at: