Fifties Women Fight Pensions Injustice with New Comedy Film
We must find a way to raise awareness of the injustice 50's-born women are experiencing. The poverty and isolation will only get worse. A film archiving the story of Lizzie Carter must be told, seen, heard and recorded. A book will be published by Kamara Publishing for the purpose of registering it with the British Library where it can be accessed by the general public. A film will be made by an appointed film company. Funds are being raised in other ways to ensure this project goes ahead.
The Three Minute Theatre will premiere the screening and the cast of Manchester Shakespeare Company will be appointed as the cast for Lizzie's Charter.
Funds raised will be used to cover costs. The film will be entered into festivals and film competitions following the premiere screening at 3MT. Following the festivals, the film will be made available to the public.
Lizzie's smile hides the stress of the day. Lizzie is currently working and looking after her ageing parents and family. She too has poor health.
The screenplay was developed by two women affected by the pension change: Theatre Director Gina Frost and Actor Lynn Touil were both born in the 1950’s and have paid into the system all their working lives. They have been robbed of their pension entitlement and are both facing an uncertain financial future through no fault of their own. They felt they had to protest and decided to use the skills they have developed in their professional careers to create ‘Lizzie’s Charter’.
The decision to change the pension entitlement age is causing massive hardship amongst women who have worked all their lives and paid into the system:
“I can’t help look after my grandchildren. We’re trying to downsize to release equity to live on. I’m self-employed because of arthritis and age-related macular degeneration rule out full-time teaching in a primary school. My husband will be 65 in Sept but can’t retire as my retirement age is 66.”
“I am a divorced legal PA, no one will employ me at 61yrs 11 months. I am now doing seasonal work in a kiosk on a well-known sea front for min wage as I have a mortgage and desperately trying to cling to my home and eat. My crime? Being born in the 1950’s.”
About the play:
Lizzie Carter is looking forward to her sixtieth birthday, drawing a well-earned pension and a bit of a rest from her hectic responsibilities: working full-time, looking after her grandchildren and caring for her aging parents.
But the Mayor of Toritown, the popular Boris de Piffle has other ideas. He has a hole in his budget after bailing out his crooked chums at the collapsed Toritown Savings Bank and giving himself a huge pay rise. Luckily for him, his best friend and Chief Finance Officer, the ambitious Gideon Poshborne, has a cunning plan: to steal the pensions from all the women in Toritown by making them work an extra six years.
With nothing left to lose, Lizzie and her friends, Marina and Veronica, organise a strike in a bid for equality and justice. Things don’t exactly go to plan though, and their withdrawal of labour and sexual favours and their occupation of the town hall lead to unexpected and hilarious consequences for all concerned.
Will justice be served? Will equality be achieved? Will the evil Boris and his lackey Gideon be defeated?
There’s only one way to find out and that can only happen with your support. Thank you.
‘Lizzie’s Charter’: Based on ‘Lysistrata’, the ancient comedy by Aristophanes has been written and adapted by Manchester Shakespeare Company. Writers: Diane Rimmer and John Topliff.