Watch….Down with the Dictator, written by Cameroonian playwright and community activist, Lydia Besong. Lydia is currently fighting a high profile campaign to remain in the UK with her husband Bernard Batey. The play is produced by Afrocats and is supported by Community Arts North West as part of their Exodus Greater Manchester Refugee Arts programme. Holy Innocent’s Church, Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester
Saturday 5 May 7.30pm
Tickets on the door / Information: 0161 234 2987Tickets: £5 / £3 concessions All performances are followed by a post show discussion giving audiences the opportunity to discuss the play and related issues with the playwright, cast and others involved in Lydia and Bernard’s campaign.More information about the campaign go here.
Look…..Beyond the Frame Exhibition is aimed at raising the case of the Miami Five. The M5 were falsely accused of committing espionage against the US government . They have been imprisoned for 13 years and their case has been condemned by Amnesty International and several British trade unions. The exhibition includes artwork by two of the M5 as well as UK artists, and the sale of work will contribute to the campaign to free the M5. The exhibition will open at noon on Friday 4 May at the Anthony Burgess Centre, 3 Cambridge St Manchester M1 5BY. Entrance is free. At 7pm there will be a meeting to discuss the artwork and the case of the M5. Entrance is £5&£7 including a buffet at 6pm.
For further details go here
Read…The Solitude of Thomas Cave (2007) by Georgina Harding. the book is set in the 17 Century. Thomas Cave makes a wager with the crew of his whaling ship to stay in the Arctic alone until the next season. It’s a story of one man’s survival in the wilderness and his ability to come to terms with not just the Arctic winter but also his own fears, his past and his grief for his dead wife and child. Beautifullly written and almost biblical in its content and expression.
Celebrate …..May Day, International Workers Day
Red Flag history walk, Tuesday 1 May, starting at noon, Dr Marx and Mr Engels. This walk, led by Michael Herbert, will visit places connected with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Meet at Oxford Road Station, fee £6/£5. For more information about this and future Red Flag walks, go here. For an article by Michael about the first May Day marches in Manchester, go here.
March and rally Monday 7 May. Assemble at Bexley Square, Salford for speeches at 11am , march at noon to Cathedral Gardens, followed by a rally in the Friends Meeting House. Speakers include Matt Wrack, FBU. For more information, go here.