The Spongers (1978)

Set against the backdrop of Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the play depicts a single mother's struggles as welfare cuts affect the poor and disabled. The derogatory term 'spongers' is used by British tabloid press to describe people who are dependent on welfare support, however the play presents the case of a family who really need the help of welfare support. The title sequence shows the title of the play, 'The Spongers', superimposed over a picture of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, denoting them as 'the real spongers' as Royal finances are paid by British taxpayers.

Directing:
  • Roland Joffé

Writing:
  • Jim Allen

Stars:
Release Date: 1978-01-24
  • Country: GB
  • Language: en
  • Runtime: 104
Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill
Sullivan
Christine Hargreaves
Christine Har...
Pauline
Peter Kerrigan
Peter Kerriga...
Peter
Fred Pearson
Fred Pearson
Director of Social Services
Donald Gee
Donald Gee
Dr Whitehead
Roger Sloman
Roger Sloman
Presenting Officer at Tribunal
David Hatton
David Hatton
DHSS Clerk
Mick Miller
Mick Miller
Policeman
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