HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
NEW PLAY AIMING FOR SALFORD URGES WORKING CLASS PEOPLE TO ĎSPEAK UP AND BE HEARDí
 

Star date: 15th April 2018

WHO WILL FUND WORKING CLASS THEATRE?

A new play aiming to be staged in Salford, at the Kings Arms in June, is set to open up issues affecting the working class, "to encourage those that may have once felt lost, silenced or isolated, to speak up and be heard knowing that someone is listening".

The play, Oct.O.Pus, has a diverse cast that includes Coronation Street's Melissa Johns, but is crowdfunding for £1,000 to pay for props, costumes, set etc, as no-one funds proper working class theatre these days.

Full details here...


Oct.O.Pus Play Salford Oct.O.Pus Play Salford Oct.O.Pus Play Salford
Oct.O.Pus Play Salford
click image to enlarge

The pre-publicity for a new play Oct.O.Pus pulls no punches... "We are clearly not all middle class now" it states "Figures have recently shown that sixty per cent of people in the UK now identify as working class.

"With years of austerity, the end of a 'golden age', the NHS facing a funding crisis and with Brexit on the horizon; the Government have left us all in a desperate state of uncertainty" it adds "The mental health of our working class people is rapidly on the decline, unmanageable debt is beginning to surface and we want to help raise awareness and demand action before it's far too late..."

As Ken Loach, Christopher Eccleston et al will testify, one of the best ways of doing this is through dramatisation, and Oct.O.Pus will see, the group states, "three generations - Nan, Mum and Daughter - fight for survival and amongst themselves, within their precarious existence in a tiny council flat that's bursting at the seams with anxiety and unmanageable debt".

Creating the drama will be a group of diverse freelance actors, designers and crew, including disabled artists and artists from an LGBTQ+ background, "carefully selected as it was extremely important to us that they truly cared about and related to the subject of austerity in some way"...

The play will raise awareness of a family's struggles but also aims to encourage others to tell their austerity stories...

"We wish to open up important conversations in order to encourage those that may have once felt lost, silenced or isolated, to speak up and be heard knowing that someone is listening" states the group.

Within the cast are Coronation Street's Melissa Johns (Imogen Pascoe), Caroline Wagstaffe seen recently in From Heaven to Hell at the GM Fringe, and Anna Swan, who appeared recently at the Arts Theatre in the West End.

They will be working with a script by James Ernest, who explains; "Women in the arts are also currently hugely unrepresented. I know so many extremely talented female actors who are struggling to be seen. So, when writing the play I made a conscious decision to write bold well rounded female roles, the sorts of characters that I felt were hardly seen on the British stage."

Oct.O.Pus aims to be staged at the Kings Arms at the end of June, with five per cent of the performance profits going to the Partisan collective in Manchester. Before then, however, the group needs to raise £1,000 to pay for sets, rehearsal space, props, costumes etc, as there is little funding available to stage theatre with the working class at its centre.

To see the ace trailer for the play Ė click here

To donate to the crowdfund see here www.crowdfunder.co.uk/octopus

Photography by Javier X Camanas

Bernadette Hyland wrote
at 12:23:03 on 16 April 2018
I would question the statement that 60% of people are now working class!! Also why use well-known actors if you want to "stage theatre with the working class at its centre"?? Ken Loach, who you quote uses unknown working class people in this productions and that is one of the reasons why they attract a wide audience plus the fact that he has always put himself on the line over his politics. Don't know what the politics of these actors or the director is. Are they involved with campaigns such as against Universal Credit or supporting the local Unemployment Centre??

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL
I live very close to the grave yard and understand Lesley's frustration. Getting volunteers to give time is not easy. I am a membe... [more]
article: DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL
Hi Guys, I just thought that I'd enlighten you. What it is, is that I found a fabulous grave in St Paul's cemetery in Kersal about... [more]
article: SALFORD ROAD CHAOS LOOMS FOR A YEAR
Can't wait to sample it! The East Lancs is already a joke with the guide bus root causing problems from the Heights to Swinton. ... [more]
article: SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLANNERS CONFIRM DEMOLITION OF OLD POLICE HQ
Cody,apart from making tart remarks anď impunŪng the mÚtžves of others, what exactly, are you trying to say?... [more]
article: DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL
I live in Cadishead M44 but I have a cordless strimmer and willing to help if needs be. Good luck, take care Bill ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL

Star date: 14th August 2018

A TALE OF TWO CUSSONS, HIGH BRAMBLES AND IMPERIAL LEATHER

At the front of St Paul's Churchyard in Kersal, the first neat and tidy grave you come across is that of Alexander Cussons and famous family. However the grave of the less famous William Evans, who produced the first ever bar of Imperial Leather soap, is at the very back of the yard and totally inaccessible, literally buried beneath 6ft high weeds and brambles.

William Evans' great granddaughter, Lesley Northall, is distraught as she wants to add her mother's ashes to the site but can't get near it. This isn't just the tale of two Cussons gurus but also of a church struggling for resources.

Full details here...

SALFORD ROAD CHAOS LOOMS FOR A YEAR

Star date: 13th August 2018

JOURNEY TIMES TO DOUBLE AS £15MILLION 'IMPROVEMENT SCHEME' BEGINS

On 29th August, the £15million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme begins which is set to last a year and double journey times around Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, which will see roads reduced to one lane in places.

The work is expected to have knock-on delays to other routes including around the M602, East Lancs Road and Trinity Way.

Full details here...

SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLANNERS CONFIRM DEMOLITION OF OLD POLICE HQ

Star date: 12th August 2018

POLICE HQ ON THE CRESCENT TO BE DEMOLISHED

The imposing old Salford Police headquarters on the Crescent is to be demolished, as confirmed by the Salford City Council and Salford University masterplanners at yesterday's consultation on the future of the area.

Local people at the consultation didn't seem happy about the amount of high rise buildings in the plans, and nothing was said about any affordable housing.

Full details here...

SAVE SALFORD VICTORIA THEATRE MEETING IN LOWER BROUGHTON

Star date: 12th August 2018

THE FUTURE OF VICTORIA THEATRE

Salford Victoria Theatre Trust Public Meeting
Sunday 26th August 1:30pm
St Boniface's Social Club

There's to be a further public meeting to save Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre, on Sunday afternoon 26th August. Anyone who has any ideas for its future use or who wants to get involved in the campaign is urged to attend.

Full details here...

SALFORD BUILE HILL MANSION UPDATE MEETING TO HEAR OF PROGRESS

Star date: 12th August 2018

BUILE HILL MANSION MOVES SLOWLY FORWARD

Buile Hill Mansion Support Group Meeting
Tuesday 14th August 7:30pm
Height Methodist Hall

After meeting developer Capital and Centric and the Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group is holding a public meeting this Tuesday to provide updates.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx