As part of this years Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival organisers are bringing back Townsend Productions version of Stephen Lowe’s original adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic working-class novel to St Marys School, Puddletown on Friday 13th July at 7.30. Tickets are £9.50 and £8.00 and can be bought in advance from the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum Shop in person or by calling (01305) 848 237.
It is a hilarious fast-paced show following a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate the town Mayor’s house. These workers are the “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.
This vibrant, lively story is brought to life by two hugely talented and experienced performers, Neil Gore and Rodney Matthew, using comedy routines, entertaining songs, live music from the Music Hall and uplifting hymns sung in graceful harmony. Directed by Louise Townsend
The show has been selling out all over the country, including a couple of runs care of Artsreach in Dorset. After the festival it heads to the Edinburgh Festival for a month residency.
ON TOUR THROUGHOUT 2012
Its is a brilliant adaption of an important book and is as relevant today as it was when Robert Tressell wrote it over a 100 years ago. It is lively and entertaining, and though it gets serious points across it does so in a way that never preaches or attempts to alienate the audience.
The usual suspects will be conducting a picket of the hypocritical workfare slave-mongers in the Poole area on 7th July. If you’d like to be involved contact us
A spur of the moment picket was called by Bournemouth Uncut and Occupy in solidarity with comrades in Liverpool on Saturday 23rd. It was well attended, supported by members of BPACC and Solent Solfed. Two shops picketed; police called in relation to attachment of flags and placards to street furniture, despite the plethora of bunting and advertising material in the precinct – we were only asked to take it with us when we’d finished.
At the arcade, the security prat in the jeweller’s next door asked us to go outside (there were two entrances, one inside, one out), another prat in a suit came out, he was asked to prove that he was an agent for the landowner. After variously claiming to be the owner, chairman of the committee and some company he couldn’t name, he “couldn’t be bothered to argue” and went back in to call the police – which he didn’t – so there you go.
Calling on Anarchists, Anarchosyndicalists, Libertarian Socialists, Revolutionary Unionists, Platformists, Wobblies, non-aligned working class radicals and all those who want to celebrate 200 years of class struggle without marching under the banner of a political party or the business unions that affiliate to them. Bring your red/black/(A) flags and let’s start putting the libertarian left back into the consciousness of our class. We’re portrayed as a disorganised rabble – show ‘em we can get organised and march together as a group.
We urge all who can to go to Bristol on Saturday 14th to oppose the EDL.
The fascist photographer was present at both recent far-right fiasci in Brighton, caught here filming UK uncut protesters on the 2nd of June.
Please help us identify this fascist!
Fascists Get Fucked in Brighton….Again – a write up on the 2nd June action in Brighton from the Anti-Fascist Network
Couple of quality quotes from the day:
‘If there were no police, there would be no fascists, fact!’ – a member of the public who was asking the police to kindly ‘Piss off so we can get rid of the bastards.’
‘I don’t know why the police don’t just let us sort it out, they (the fascists) would never dare show their faces in Brighton again,’ – Anti-Fascist campaigner.
‘Go on kids, See em off!’ – an elderly lady watching from the railings outside Brighton train station as around a gang of 100 had just legged it down the road in hot pursuit of the 30 fascists being taken to the train station by police. – Re-posted from A.F.N.
Statement by Brighton Anti-fascists
Detailed report from Indymedia:
Brighton anti fascist actions prove a valuable lesson
In Newcastle however:
Firecrackers Thrown And Fights As EDL Supporters And Anti Jubilee Protestors Clash In Newcastle
There is no shortage of good, active comrades in the North so how did this happen? It seems the event was set up on Facebook and no attempt was made to call for support even after threats had been issued. By contrast the network in the south is well supported and organised to the extent that about 100 anti-fascists turned out in Brighton without a public callout.
Our experience has shown that any radical event is likely to attract fascists. Anyone arranging something like this should expect trouble and prepare for it, it’s still largely a numbers game – the police will always round on the smaller group. We urge all left-libertarian groups to sign up to the Anti-Fascist Network and work together to make sure the fash are never able to control our public spaces.
On Saturday 26 May, nearly fifty anti-workfare activists met up in Brighton for a national conference entitled ‘How do we break workfare?’; hosted by Brighton benefits campaign
Participants came from Liverpool, Norfolk, Oxford, Dorset, London, Surrey and Sussex as well as Brighton and Hove. They represented welfare and anti-cuts campaigns, claimant organisations, political groups and trade unions, as well as many individuals opposed to workfare.
Here’s the full report from the B.B.C. website: