The Rise and Resistible fall of the NHS [postponed until further notice]

or NHS: Going, going, gone! or There is no God, bless the NHS

Since 2014 the Cartoon Action Theatre (CAT) have been performing short plays on the street and at events using a modern rhyming mummers' style, covering a diverse range of subjects including austerity, media bias, the arms trade, benefit sanctions, fracking, 'free trade' deals, the banksters, refugees, bus cuts and climate change. At this year's radical history festival they will be launching their new play on the creation of the National Health Service. CAT have also recently published a DIY […]

Lest we forget – A Life of Pleasure?

The machine gun, colonial massacres and the Victorian theatre

A Life of Pleasure After a tip off last year by a member of BRHG I took a trip to Bristol Archives to take a look at some diaries written by Harry Bow in the 1890s. Bow, a Bristolian, was an enthusiastic 'army spotter', that is, he loved to record and illustrate public displays of the British military in the late Victorian period. Amongst the notes and beautiful line drawings recording parades, army camps and the use of cavalry against Bristolian trade unionists and their supporters on 'Black […]