More than 30 students aged between 11 and 15 are presenting The Rebels of Gas Street by Jan Needle at Chulmleigh Community College, from today (Wednesday). Set during the stinking hot summer of 1911 the play focuses on the workers strike which spread to t

More than 30 students aged between 11 and 15 are presenting The Rebels of Gas Street by Jan Needle at Chulmleigh Community College, from today (Wednesday).Set during the stinking hot summer of 1911 the play focuses on the workers strike which spread to the schools for the poor, where pupils protested about the beatings, the Latin lessons that were no use to them and the conditions of the classrooms. The play focuses on Gas Street Ragged School in Oldham, Lancashire, where Tommy Atkins played by 14 year-old Joe Feasey-Kemp and his fellow 'scruffs' suffer under the headmaster, the fearsome Mr Whippem portrayed by Ben Vere, 14. Their fight brings them into contact with the pupils of the 'posh' Mumps Academy and into conflict with the Establishment, culminating in the famous 'Battle of Royton Sands'. Parent and director Ros Wehner said: "It is a play with something for everyone. It can be fast and furious and funny, while also managing to break your heart and horrify you at the same time. But it is a great story, told by an extremely talented cast." The production is in the main hall of the Community College from today (7.30pm) until Friday, June 13. Tickets are available from the Business and Enterprise Centre, Chulmleigh, (£3.50 adults, £2 children)