Scuttlers

Scuttlers is a play about youthful disaffection, protest and violence, drawing on the history of the Scuttlers, the youth gangs of nineteenth-century Manchester. It was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 5 February 2015.

The play is set in Ancoats, Manchester, in 1882, where rapid and tumultuous social change is being driven by the Industrial Revolution and its appetite for cheap labour. With a dense, newly formed urban population living amongst the constant rumbling of the mills and noxious air pollution, the frustrations and grievances of the young mill workers get channelled into street gangs, fighting over their territory with belts, fists and knives.