Joe Hill (1879-1915) was a songwriter and union activist, framed and then executed by the state of Utah. His creative way of campaigning and organising has relevance today for those fighting for workers’ rights.
Joe Hill, the troubadour and union organiser, who “never died”, makes his appearance this November. The story of Joe and his union, the ‘Wobblies’, is so relevant today, when we are under vicious attack from the state. These events will stick in everyone’s mind and inspire them to continue Joe Hill’s philosophy: “Don’t mourn, organise!”
Adelphi Liverpool – Saturday 21 November 2015, 1pm (free)
Eithne Browne will introduce Joe and get events underway with music and rhyme.
Followed by the play: ‘The Joe Hill Dream’.
3.30 – 5.30pm:
Northern ReSisters – Bernadette Hyland, Christine Clark and Honor Donnelly – women activists and performers lead the discussion about the relevance of Joe Hill for today, including poetry and songs from: Jennifer Reid, Alison Down, Arthur Adlen and Gerry Ffrench.
You can find out more about the Northern ReSisters here: maryquaileclub.wordpress.com
and order the book here: www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk
Evening entertainment from 7.30:
Claire Mooney: “Funny, observant and absorbing, and all in a song too!”
Alun Parry: “Songwriter and rousing political singer.”
‘67’: Liverpool band whose beat will get yer legs movin’
The Play – ‘The Joe Hill Dream’
‘The Joe Hill Dream’ written by John Fay, (TV: Brookside, Coronation Street, and The Mill. Stage: The Cruel Sea and Unprotected), Directed by Tom McLennan and performed by Dingle Community and Vauxy Theatre, will also be staged at:
Wednesday 18th November
Valley Theatre, Netherley, Liverpool 7.30pm, (free) – www.valleytheatre.co.uk
Thursday 19th November
The Brindley, Runcorn, 7.30pm – www.thebrindley.org.uk
Saturday 21st November
Adelphi Liverpool, 1pm – (see details above)
Friday 27th November
Salford Arts Theatre, 7.30pm – www.salfordartstheatre.com
Saturday 28th November
Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, 7.30pm – www.lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk
Joe ain’t dead folks, so spread the word!
This is a project by Nerve Magazine and News from Nowhere, with support from GMB, Liverpool TUC, North West TUC, Simpsons Solicitors, Unison and Unite.