Watch..Flame on the Streets, a film made in 1961 and based on a play written by Ted Willis( ex-Communist Party) called Hot Summer Night. Set in London, and influenced by the Notting Hill Riots of 1958, the film takes on racism and sexual politics. John Mills plays Jacko Palmer, a local trade unionist, who, in a very realistic scene of a union meeting, challenges the racism of members who want to stop a black member getting promotion. At home things are not so straight forward as his wife, played by Brenda De Banzie, has had enough of playing second fiddle to the union. There is a brilliant scene where she finally stops playing the Stepford Wife and in no uncertain terms tells Jacko she will no longer be the his doormat. And if that is not enough his daughter wants to marry a black man. Horrified Jacko tries to persuade her not to because of the racism she will experience but Kathie (Sylvia Syms) stands by her man and represents the changes which are beginning to happen in British society at that time. It is a film really worth tracking down on DVD or watching this clip on Youtube. Highly recommended.
Join….Trafford Keep our NHS Public…Trafford was the birthplace of the NHS in 1948 and last year was the battleground of the campaign to save Trafford A&E. Unfortunately the battle was lost and patients now have to travel to the already overcrowded A&Es at Wythenshawe and Salford. Local campaigners are still continuing the fight to save local NHS services which are under threat of privatisation. Join their founding meeting on Wednesday 11 June 7.30pm at the Robin Hood pub in Stretford near the Arndale Centre.See
Go to…the Unofficial Histories Conference at Huddersfield University on 7/8 June. Do you think the people that make history should be more important than the academics who get paid to write it up? UH try to address that by inviting a mixture of individuals and groups to talk about their projects. I like the idea of having events that reflect the local area so we have a radical history walk in the town and the screening of a film called Sound System Culture which includes interviews with people involved in the local reggae scene. There is much more to see at
See …Summer, Quarantine theatre’s new play, a collaboration with Contact Theatre. It is the first part of a quartet looking at the cycle of life. They say: an exciting collision of live choreography, developed with choreographer Caroline Dubois, and Quarantine’s signature style of excavating intimate and fragile humanity. Catch it on Thursday 5 June – Saturday 14 June and further details at
Experience...Bollywood Girls of Blackburn…homegrown musical produced by 3MT’s John and Gina and written by Nakib Narat. They say: A hugely entertaining Comedy Musical with nineteen original songs that will have you dancing home with delight. Further details see