by Harold Brighouse.
Finborough Theatre above The Finborough Road Brasserie 118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED To 19 April 2010.
Runs 2hr 15min One interval.
TICKETS: 0844 847 1652 (24hr No booking fee).
Review: Timothy Ramsden 11 April.
Tough, compassionate drama overdue revival.
Ã¢Â€ÂœBosses Step Up War on LabourÃ¢Â€Â said a newspaper headline in the Finborough Road Brasserie. It could be summarising Harold BrighouseÃ¢Â€Â™s drama Ã¢Â€Â“ written in 1914 but set almost a century earlier during EnglandÃ¢Â€Â™s Industrial Revolution, as last independent home-weaver Matthew Butterworth is forced into the BarlowsÃ¢Â€Â™ satanic mill of a factory, squeezed by necessities like a corner-shop owner buckling under supermarket pressures. Butterworth throws in his lot with the weavers whoÃ¢Â€Â™r