From Peterloo to Orgreave 200 Years of People Power

Sheffield City Hall (Memorial Hall)
Barkers Pool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2JA Wednesday 18 September: Doors 19.00, Start 19.30

A unique celebration of People Power across the centuries highlighting the historical links between the 1819 Peterloo Massacre and the attack on striking Miners at Orgreave in 1984, including a special reading of the Barry Hines’ drama ‘After the Strike’.

A special Sheffield Heritage Open Days ‘People Power’ event, in partnership with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Sheffield City Hall, which will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Miners Strike and the 200th anniversary of the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ with speeches, poetry, music and discussion from some special guests.

There will also be a rare chance to hear an on-stage rehearsed reading from the University of Sheffield of Barry Hines’ recently rediscovered powerful drama ‘After the Strike’ which explores the impact of the Miners Strike on local communities. These readings were first performed earlier this year by the University of Sheffield to a sell-out audience.

Hosted on the night by Joe Rollin and Chris Peace from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, From Peterloo to Orgreave will feature music from Christian Reilly, Sam Browse and The Fates and Poetry from Sheffield based Poet Kevin Titterton. There will also be an

‘On the Sofa’ style discussion chaired by Comedian John Scott with eminent Writer, Film and Television producer Tony Garnett, leading Hillsborough Inquest barrister Mark George QC, Actor Kate Rutter
of ‘Peterloo’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Senior Lecturer and Historian Dr Matt Roberts Sheffield Hallam University, Patricia Clough of North Derbyshire Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), John Dunn of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign ex Miner and National Union of Mineworkers, Labour Councillor Sophie Wilson of Sheffield City Council, Kate Flannery of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and ex Women Against Pit Closures and Ray Goodspeed from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, the group famously depicted in the film ‘Pride’.


Pre-booking: Required. Tickets are free but must be prebooked.

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Due to high demand, any seats not occupied by 7.20pm will be reallocated.


Entry to the Memorial Hall, which is located at the back of the City Hall, is ground level making the stalls area accessible for all. Please note that balcony level seats in the Memorial Hall are only accessible via stairs. Please inform the box office when booking if a member of your party is unable to access the balcony or is a wheelchair user so that an appropriate position can be allocated.