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Cable Street

Cable Street
22 February 2024
Southwark Playhouse Borough
4.0 out of 5.0 stars

In the 1930s, fascism was on the rise in Europe, while many disenfranchised groups struggled for survival. In 1936, Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists grew in popularity, but when they announced a march in East London, the colourful community of Jewish people, Irish workers, and communists rose to the occasion to barricade the streets and stop the fascist wave from proceeding through their neighbourhoods.

Cable Street is a brand new musical focussed on this local history of people uniting to stop a growing threat and protect each other. Currently playing at the Southwark Playhouse Borough, it’s a sparkling new production filled with riotous songs full of heart and history.

Using the device of an American woman tracing the history of her grandmother and joining a walking tour through East London, we are transported back in time to witness how the barricade and fight against the fascist threat came to be.

Lovingly told through the personal history of several of the main players in the citizen uprising, it’s a dynamic and fascinating story, showing the desperation of a time of poverty and inequality, in which everyday people banded together to fight for what they believe in.

Blending contemporary music with traditional Irish folk songs, Cable Street is inspiring and powerful, giving a glimpse into the past to show a way into the future. United against hatred, diverse communities can take a stand against discrimination. What a beautiful new show that is definitely worth a visit!

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