'Strumpet City' was a landmark RTÉ Television drama series, first broadcast in seven parts from 16 March 1980. It was set in Dublin during the turbulent period of labour unrest that took place between 1907 and 1914, and focused particularly on events leading to the ‘Lockout’ of 1913. Filming took place at several locations around Dublin, including Henrietta Street, North Wall and Dún Laoghaire.
The images selected here are part of the RTÉ Stills Library’s and RTÉ Document Archives’ holdings, and reflect some of the work that went into all aspects of the production. RTÉ designer Lona Moran’s sketch for a wedding dress is part of the RTÉ Document Archives’ Strumpet City Collection, while the production stills are among the RTÉ Stills Library’s holdings – they were taken by photographers working for the RTÉ Guide and the RTÉ Stills Department.
The series included a re-enactment of the 1913 baton charge by Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) of striking workers who had gathered to hear a speech by Jim Larkin. A still photo of the original event, part of the RTÉ Stills Library’s Cashman Collection, can be seen alongside the ‘Strumpet City’ recreation. Behind-the-scenes shots of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording the score, a shot of North King Street in 1979 taken for design purposes and the RTÉ Wardrobe Department at work on the costumes are also included.
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