THE LYRICS OF DIRTY FACE – A SONG ESPECIALLY WRITTEN BY THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS
FOR ON THE GO THEATRE COMPANY AND THEIR PRODUCTION OF DIRTY FACE
Her face is all made up,
Foundation of black coal dust.
Her scarf wrapped around her hair,
Man's trousers and man's coat.
Strong shoes, strong heart, strong hands,
Protect her in Black Diamond's lair.
She's just a Pit Brow Lassie,
But none could be more fair.
On the Pit Brow she works
Pushing coal tubs, loading props.
On the rumbling conveyor belt,
Sorting clean coal from the stones.
The women's voices ring,
Together they are stronger.
Working in a hard man's world,
In their gentleness they sing.
She's a wife and a daughter too,
A mother to her children.
On Sunday goes to church,
Clean frock, clean hair, clean face.
The owners, the bankers too
Politicians and chattering classes
Did not make this country great.
It was the miners and the Pit Brow Lasses.
Josie Byrne with Colin Gradwell in rehearsal
Ray Hinds, talented local painter, making his first ever set for the play
Josie with Colin Gradwell in performance
Judith Whittle and Lynda Gray in rehearsal
Josie Byrne and Hughie Brogan in rehearsal
Josie Byrne, Writer of Dirty Face, and Performer