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FRED ENGELS REBORN FOR TORY BRITAIN
 

Star date: 11th March 2012

ENGELS COMES BACK TO HAUNT CONDEM GOVERNMENT

"We both re-read Engel's The Condition of the Working Class and we were like `This could have been written now!'" Deirdre O'Neil

Fred Engels, who had his family mill in Weaste, wrote the world shaking book The Condition of the Working Class in England 1842-44 way back in the day when government repressed the poor and people's living standards were shocking and, er, so what's changed?

Engels based his research around Salford and Manchester, and now there's going to be live performance and film based on the original book by Inside Film and Not Too Tame Theatre. They're looking for people to take part…

Full details here…


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Are you ready for Freddy? Engels is about to be reborn with a live performance and a film based on his original classic work The Condition of the Working Class in England 1842-44, the book that described in all its gory glory how ordinary people were living way, way back in Victorian Salford and Manchester.

The book led to Engels joint work with Karl Marx – The Communist Manifesto – and the rest is world revolution, Che Guevara, er, and Engel's historic mill in Weaste being bulldozed and ploughed through by the M602 in classic Salford Council style. Not a brick remains but his works live on and are as alive today as when Fred first wrote it all down over 150 years ago (see the Salford Star series on Engels then and now – click here and follow the links).

When Mike Wayne and Deirdre O'Neill from Inside Film looked at Engel's book, the similarities with today were screaming out of the pages…

"We both re-read Engel's The Condition of the Working Class and we were like `This could have been written now!'" says Deirdre "Of course there are superficial changes but the Conditions haven't changed – bad housing, segregation, unemployment – it's incredible, that's what hit us.

"We talked about making a film and updating it" she adds "And we're working with Manchester theatre group Not Too Tame, who are committed to working class theatre. We want local people to get involved, people who are affected by what's happening now."

The idea is to do live performances and film the whole process to make a documentary that will bring Engels bang up to the now…

Anyone who wants to get involved can contact Deirdre:  insidefilm@btinternet.com

There's loads more info at www.conditionoftheworkingclass.info

Filming will be from the end of April to July, two or three nights a week plus Saturday mornings.

* Engels collage created by Matt Carroll for Salford Star issue 6

Adrian Purdy wrote
at 20:05:09 on 16 March 2012
Not a brick remains ? thats not quite correct ,something does remain from the weaste mill ,formerly known as winterbottoms in later years . I have probably the only surviving piece of the mill ,which is a heavy steel lift balance weight ,that i rescued from the lift stack at the side of the chimney ,30 years ago now ! i have it as a ornament here in my lounge and the reason i have it is because i worked for a company called Book manor ltd which bought the site in 1981 ,i started as a caretaker and handyman ,key holder on the 3 rd of august 1981 . And was there around 3 years ,i did take in 1982 a BBC film crew around the engels part of the old mill ,the film was never shown on tv ,but must be somewhere in a bbc archive .I am probably the only person alive today still living in salford that can describe in minute detail exactly piece by piece what the mill and esp the engels parts of the mill looked like ,if anybody wants to know any more feel free to reply ,adrian purdy .
 
Anti-Politician wrote
at 09:21:34 on 14 March 2012
Engels excellent work'The Conditions of the Working Class' is extremely relevant in this Dystopia . The gains made by the Masses were hard won - nothing was ever given by the corrupt and rotton 'elite'[ the corrupt exploiters who attempt to control the Workers by force], the Workers being the true wealth creators . As the evil thatcherite torybastard alliance attempt to smash this rotton society back to the Victorian Era,with all its horrors, the relevance of Engels work becomes vitally important .
 
MT wrote
at 16:34:50 on 13 March 2012
The depravation of Engel's Manchester has no parallel today. There was no social benefit system, no social housing, no NHS, no inside toilets for gawds sake. Even the poorest of our society today are wealthy beyond belief compared with the working classes of Engels' day. Even so, it will be an interesting project.
 
Overdog wrote
at 18:56:40 on 12 March 2012
Having recently re-read Engels excellent work , it is certainly relevant than ever, in these times of torybastard imposed austerity. One thing is certain : Unless the Sheeple wake up and fight back against the Con/Lib/Lab experiment, living conditions will continue to rapidly decline in this deliberately engineered Corrupt Dystopian Hell society .
 
AR wrote
at 10:19:36 on 12 March 2012
this looks great. I think it would be even better if they got muslim youth and refugee youth involved to talk about demonisation and persecution. For engels it was Irish immigrants but today it others and i hope they bring that out in the film
 
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