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Song: I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
The Liberty Tree is a piece of creative activism. We have produced a pilot production through our partnership with trade unionist and collaboration with students at Bath Spa University and OnSet Productions............ but that's just half the journey!
We recently raised money to take the full production to The Cockpit Theatre in London and bring our communities together and celebrate the power of collective political thinking and action.However we have to ensure that the young people involved in the production can get to London to deliver it . The budget we need to raise is £5,500, some of this we have already but we need one more push to make it happen, this is to fund, transporting set, travel and accommodation so everything and everybody can get to London so we can keep sharing the work and our collective message. No one is being paid , this is all voluntary, but we need help so people can actually get there. The money is being raised by ourselves and with the kind support of your pledges. Together we can make this happen.
So What is The Liberty Tree ?
An AgitProp Musical!
The Liberty Tree is a large-scale musical aimed at young people, students and young trade unionist, and uses drama, music and comedy to extol the virtues of community and of collective political action.
It's a romping, hilarious, feel-good antidote to the austerity agenda and the relentless and depressing fragmentation and isolation of our communities.
Whatever your age, if you are fed up being baffled, bullied, intimated, incensed, stressed, or oppressed and sick to death of being watched over, inspected, regulated, noted, registered, measured, numbered, censored, admonished, punished and betrayed, then The Liberty Tree might just be the tonic you need.
What is it about ?
Rosa is a young woman working in a Call Centre (the electronic sweatshops of the 21st Century). She witnesses a manager cruelly bullying a colleague but does nothing. A fellow worker, Joe, does intervene and is sacked. That night she is tormented by her cowardice in the face of such injustice. As she sleeps she dreams she awakes trapped in a mythical fairy tale land, The Land Of Do What You’re Told, and the only way out is to go on a journey to find The Liberty Tree…
What inspired The Liberty Tree ?
Song: The Worker's Song
Trade union membership in the UK is rising. 6.5 million people are members of trade unions and the proportion of workers in unions is around 26%, but amongst young workers aged (16-24) it falls to only 8%. In the kinds of workplaces and sectors in which many young people work, or at least get their first job, there is no union to join and amongst the vast majority of young people trade unionism has no image whatsoever – good or bad.
The Green movement, the student demo’s of 2010, and the Occupy movement demonstrate that significant numbers of young people are passionate about politics and social change but are not seeing the trade union movement as part of that process. The Liberty Tree is an attempt to demonstrate to young workers in particular the power of collective action in the workplace – but not through lectures or factual leaflets but by presenting a left-wing feel-good, musical that uses comedy, drama and great contemporary music.
Although inspired by and directed at young workers the show is a great night out for rebels, radicals, socialists, anarchists and trade unionists of all ages, and clearly articulates how we are all exploited by capitalism and how the only effective way we can resist is collectively.
Song: Let's Work Together
Risks and challenges
Creating a new piece of theatre, especially one thats made for the purpose of political activism rather than commerciality offers a risk
Therefore we enter any production and process with contingency plans in place and on going integrity in our management of the project.
We have a very special network within our left-wing communities who are supportive in their backing
We hope that this project will stay low risk, however our collective experience equips us with the right attitude, creative solutions and networks to deal with whatever comes our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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