In Praise of Dialectics

 

Today, injustice goes with a certain stride,

The oppressors move in for ten thousand years.
Force sounds certain: it will stay the way it is.
No voice resounds except the voice of the rulers

And on the markets, exploitation says it out loud: 
I am only just beginning.

But of the oppressed, many now say:
What we want will never happen

Whoever is still alive must never say ‘never’!
Certainty is never certain.
It will not stay the way it is.

When the rulers have already spoken
Then the ruled will start to speak.
Who dares say ‘never’?

Who’s to blame if oppression remains? We are.
Who can break its thrall? We can.

Whoever has been beaten down must rise to his feet!
Whoever is lost must fight back!
Whoever has recognized his condition – how can anyone stop him?
Because the vanquished of today will be tomorrow’s victors
And never will become: already today!

 

Bertolt Brecht

 

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is a new play from Townsend productions (the ones who made We will be Free, the wonderful play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).
 
The play tells the amazing story of Wall of Death motorcycle rider Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett and Marxist writer and poet Christopher Caudwell, at first sight two unlikely friends and comrades, who were thrown together by their shared determination to defend the Spanish republic against Franco’s rising fascist tide.
 
Both were volunteers for the International Brigade. Both would die in February 1937 at the machine-gun post they shared on the first day of the momentous Battle of Jarama.
 
The national tour is sponsored by the International Brigade Memorial Trust. Tour dates in the South West:
 
3 Nov: The Plough Arts Centre, Gt Torrington (Box office: 01805624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk)
 
4 Nov: Dorchester Arts Centre (Box office: 01305 266926; www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
 
5 Nov: Bridport Arts Centre (Box office: www.bridport-arts.com; 01308 424204 
 
For further information, see http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/
 
Review in the Morning Star:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Not Such A Tory Land

Riversmeet Productions

 

Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Friday 28 October.

 

 

 Between 1642 and 1649 England was on the brink of revolution. Profound questions about society  and politics were asked, and answered in one way or another. What was the nature of democracy,  and how far into society should it extend? How should we respond to treachery and betrayal, liars  and tyrants? 

 As this revolution moved forward, ordinary women and men were swept into  Becoming giants and heroes.

 Defeat buried this history under layers of distortion and deliberate concealment. The revolution  became a civil war. The years of republican rule became an interregnum - the empty space  between kings. The names of the people who argued and fought for freedom of speech, a free  press, the right to assembly and access to common land were written out of the history books. 

 This play revives some of the history of those years and suggests that there might, just, be some  parallels and lessons for today.

 And there's a raffle with a very special prize!!

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 Attend or be condemned to repeat the past (on good authority).