The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 - with a Preface written in 1892


The Condition of the Working Class in England, Friedrich Engels

Well now, Deirdre's company has teamed up with Not Too Tame, gathered 14 volunteers from the area, and the Ragged Collective are launching the live production of The Condition of The Working Class in England at Salford Arts Theatre on Thursday (5th) and Friday (6th) this week, followed by two more performances in Manchester (7th and 8th). Salford Arts Theatre is literally about a mile down Liverpool Street from Engels' original Victoria Mill in Weaste. The mill is well gone, with the M602 running through it. But Engels' ideas fire on.

"A company of volunteers, most of whom have never met before, have come together to look again at the `condition of the working class in England' today, working from Engels' book and their own experiences" says Deirdre "The show is a brilliant example of people coming together with fire, passion and determination to make something happen; to bring about change."

The Condition of the Working Class in England: Friedrich Engels

Sinead Cusack comments on the The Condition of the Working Class

The Condition of the Working Class in England
Thurs and Fri 5th and 6th July 7:30pm £5
Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk, off Liverpool St, Salford M54BS
(there will be a discussion will the cast and producers after the show on the 5th)
Please note: The performances and audience at Salford Arts Theatre will be filmed.
Further details see Salford Arts Theatre website:

Frederick Engels (1820-1895), the son of a wealthy German textile manufacturer, moved in 1842 to England to take a position in a factory near Manchester partially owned by his father. Engels met Karl Marx in 1844 and began a lifelong association with him. The two are considered to be the founders of modern communism. The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845; English translation 1847) is one of the classic texts of Marxist thought, standing besides such other of Engels' works as Socialism: Utopian and Scientific and The Dialectic of Nature. It is a vitally important political, social and historical document.