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8 November 2017

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict

Theatre - The Cherry Orchard: Part of 'R17', a series of arts events in Wales to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution, this adaptation is worthy of the connection

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26 October 2017

New play celebrates Grunwick strike

'We Are the Lions, Mr Manager' celebrates the first major strike by Asian women in this country

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18 October 2017

Powerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Theatre: We're Still Here: Under the threat of closure, the steel workers - but not the pensioners - were forced to vote for one of two options, either of which meant a cut in pensions. 'We're Still Here' dramatises the effect of this threat on the workers.

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30 August 2017

Corbyn confirms 1bn for the arts

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed his May pledge to inject 1 billion into the arts

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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12 July 2017

School students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

Theatre review - Ocho: The story told of bravery and the cast itself showed a brave approach to the work

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17 May 2017

Hull workers who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Theatre review: Ocho: Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a Bafta-winning playwright who has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind.

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10 May 2017

Theatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

'Fracked!' is an interesting and topical play, and puts forward good environmental arguments against the use of fracking for our future energy sources

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8 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

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18 January 2017

Theatre review: high art and savage poverty in Bootle

The Seven Acts of Mercy: It's unlikely this work will get the same exposure as 'I, Daniel Blake', for example. But for those who do get the chance to see it - the voice of the dispossessed speaks loud and clear, and the desire to rid the world of capitalist exploitation once and for all rings out for all to hear.

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19 October 2016

Moving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism

Theatre - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama: "Adelante!" A moving, funny and inspiring account of the life of Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett. A great feat considering the cast is just two people, but it portrays with realism dirt track races, mass protests and war.

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14 September 2016

Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts

Theatre - 'Dare Devil Rides to Jarama': The 1930s was a decade sharply divided between left and right. It was also a time when intrepid motorcycle racers stunned spectators with 'speedway' stunts. Socialist theatre company Townsend Productions combines the two in its upcoming show.

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29 June 2016

Theatre review: Bread & Roses

Heavyweight commentary plus satire: If you're looking for a comedy that's whimsical and light-hearted, then maybe going to see the Nottingham-based 'Bread & Roses' theatre collective isn't for you.

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15 June 2016

Hilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy

Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.

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9 March 2016

Theatre: 'Tinned Goods' - women during miners' strike

'Tinned Goods' is a new drama set in the summer of 1984 during the lead-up to the largest women's march ever to take place on British soil. It is visiting theatres around Britain from 11 March.

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24 February 2016

One-woman tragedy's fiery call for revolution

Theatre review: Iphigenia in Splott: Tremendous. That is the only way to describe Gary Owens' one-woman play "Iphigenia in Splott", directed by Rachel O'Riordan and starring Sophie Melville.

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27 January 2016

Oscars snub black artists: fight racism and austerity in the arts

Non-white actors, producers, and theatre and film makers are under-represented, as are women. Cuts in arts funding, and tuition fees in drama schools and universities, disproportionately affect us.

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13 January 2016

Victor Jara's revolutionary life, poetry and politics

Book review - Victor: An Unfinished Song: Before he died, in captivity, already injured, Victor Jara wrote a last poem, his unfinished song. When the workers of Chile and the world put an end to poverty, hunger and inequality, they will finish that song.

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29 October 2015

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists / United We Stand

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16 September 2015

Theatre review: 'An angry call for revolt'

Effie is a working class girl in an area of Cardiff hit hard by cuts. No work, no hope, shops boarded up, library and swimming pool closed, streets littered with dog shit.

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