1907 was a standout year in the history of northern radicalism. First up was suffragist Annie Horniman, who opened the country's first rep in Manchester, the Gaiety Theatre, which became one of the most progressive theatres in the country, staging stuff like Hobson's Choice and Hindle Wakes, promoting local drama and attracting new audiences including mill girls and trade unionists.
On Friday, 10th November, John Harding who has recently written Staging Life: The Story of the Manchester Playwrights (see previous Salford Star article – click here), will be speaking about Annie Horniman at a special night hosted by the Mary Quaile Club and the NUJ Manchester and Salford at The Three Minute Theatre in Affleck's Arcade.
Also in 1907, Harry Richardson, who wrote radical plays for the Gaiety Theatre, co-founded the National Union of Journalists, and on the night, Tim Gopsill, author of a Journalists; 100 Years of the NUJ, and Secretary of the London Freelance Branch of the NUJ will be talking about Harry's life and work, and its relevance to today.
"At this meeting we will be looking back at a dynamic period of northern radical history to remember how Annie Horniman and the Gaiety Theatre played a key role in the lives of activists like Harry Richardson, who not only wrote about the lives of Mancunians but made history with the founding of the NUJ" says Bernadette Hyland, co-founder of the Mary Quaile Club and NUJ member.
With two top speakers, it should be a really great event...
1907: Northern Radicalism
Saturday November 10th 6pm-9pm
Three Minute Theatre
Afflecks Arcade, 35-39, Oldham Street, M1 1JG
Entry is free but email email@example.com to book a ticket
For further details also see the Facebook event page - click here