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March 19-20 Power Of The Unemployed

Power of the Unemployed is the story of Newfoundlander Pierce Power and his followers during the height of the depression in St. John’s. Although he doesn’t appear in any official history texts, Pierce Power is still remembered by some as a champion of the poor and unemployed.

Pierce was from the working class Southside Road and at the height of his fame he had thousands of followers at his weekly workers rallies. At a time when there was no official opposition, he called on the govenment to increase the amount of flour given to people on the dole and to provide free clothing to keep poor children warm during the winter. And for that he was branded a radical.

Kathryn Welboune and Chris Brookes co-wrote the play almost entirely from police archives.

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