UNITE Community’s Cartoon Action Theatre at work in Bucky Doo Square in Bridport on Saturday 13th August. Their play, written in conjunction with local busworkers, shows a driver in a tug of war with the boss of First Bus Group, in a struggle for decent pay and conditions. £253 was collected for the bus drivers cause.
International Women’s Day Celebration focuses on Women Writers, all welcome.
5.30 for 6pm Play: Five Break the Spell Join The Bookshop and members of Bridfem for a delightful evening of family friendly fun with a Participatory Pop-up Play where you can join in as actors or audience. Our play, about a certain well-known British children’s author who set many of her adventures in Dorset, will be led by Beth Shaw, co-author of The Domestic Theatre Handbook. The Bookshop will have a stall of books for sale by and about women. Admission Free/Donation, with tea and coffee.
8pm Autonomy Films presents: An Angel at My Table Jane Campion’s award-winning 1990 film of Janet Frame’s autobiography tells of her childhood in New Zealand and her triumph over mental illness to become a successful writer. (Colour, 2hrs 38mins)
Admission £3 or less if you’re skint Vegetarian soup on sale from 7.30pm.
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it” – Aneurin Bevan.
The people of Dorset have seen off the piratisation parasites and foiled attempts to flog off the Dorset county hospital’s pathology lab to private contractors out of the county.
Bridport Unite Community Branch performed ‘NHS versus capitalists’ street theatre outside Dorchester hospital ahead of its board meeting on Wednesday. Watch it on youtube
The directors caved in to the avalanche of public outrage over the profiteering scheme. Demonstrations have been taking place outside the hospital for a year and a petition gathered over 11,000 signatures. This is one up the shitter for ‘evil Oliver’ Letwin the bloodsucking M.P. for West Dorset whose manifestation is anticipated in Bridport next month.
Discussions began in July 2013 to sub-contract the service to South West Pathology Services in Taunton – See more:
In August, 24 Dorset G.P.s wrote to the Echo:
“The innovation of electronic reporting means we can receive a result in the late afternoon from a sample taken in the morning. This is great for patient care. There is no intention from local GPs to destabilise or undermine our local service by forcing competition and making a market where none is needed.”
In September a row erupted over a proposal to spend three and a half grand training the governors and appoint a spokesperson to stop them giving the game away to the media.
On Monday midwives at Dorset County Hospital will strike over an ‘insulting’ one percent pay rise. The Royal College of Midwives estimate that if their members, who rely on food banks to survive, began billing the NHS for the 13 hours of overtime they clock up on average over a few weeks, it would increase their pay packets by one percent anyway.
The NHS was built by the working class for the working class. Drugs and medical equipment are made by workers not capitalists. Cleaners, doctors, nurses, midwives, porters and technicians are workers. It belongs to us, it’s not a source of revenue for the socially useless. Keep your filthy grasping bourgeois hands off it!
To celebrate, here’s a song about vampires:
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.
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.