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SALFORD SOCIALIST THEATRE COURSE BEGINS
 

Star date: 5th February 2012

THE DRAMA OF CHANGE

Socialist Theatre Course
9th Feb 1:30pm for 10 weeks
Working Class Movement Library

Back in the day left wing theatre helped change the world – performed in pubs, clubs, docks canteens, factory car parks and on the streets, it reflected people's attitudes and feelings, and stirred things up. Can it change anything now?

More details here…


There's a huge thought vacuum out there, created by a baron led mass media and a Labour Party that many people feel doesn't represent their views any more. Back in the day, beliefs were fired by the socialist theatre groups that toured the country both in the UK and all over Europe.

In the 1930s, Salford had its own Theatre of Action set up by Ewan MacColl and his wife, Joan Littlewood, while in the 1970s North West Spanner Theatre was performing on the back of lorries at rent strike rallies.

A new ten week course starting on Thursday 9th February, organised by the Workers Educational Association, looks at the history of socialist theatre and offers students the chance to come up with their own dramas to say something about the current political climate.

Agitprop, fringe, socialist theatre – call it what you will but UK 2012 is screaming for it!

SOCIALIST THEATRE COURSE
Starts Thursday 9th February 1:30pm
Working Class Movement Library on The Crescent

To register an interest or for more details, contact course tutor Tom Mclennan. Email: tomm562002@yahoo.com
Phone 0771 684 8894

* Photo shows Ewan MacColl and co in action in Preston

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 17:38:30 on 05 February 2012
I did this course with the same tutor Tom McLennan from October to December. We worked to produce a 'living newspaper' - a collection of sketches on topical events and with a clear socialist message. We performed at the Working Class Movement Library and the Casa in Liverpool just before Christmas. We had some great debates, worked hard at our sketches and had great fun too. Tom is a committed socialist and drama teacher / practitioner and I can thoroughly recommend the course.
 
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