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Orgreave Truth & Justice Benefit Night

Saturday 23 January
Barnsley Civic, 4pm, £10

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign would like to thank local actor Danny Mellor for offering to perform his play ‘Undermined’ about the miners’ strike as a fund raiser for OTJC. We would like as many supporters as possible to come along to Barnsley Civic to be part of the experience of an interesting an thought provoking piece of entertainment and to show their continuing support for our aim…

“The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at The Orgreave Coking Plant South Yorkshire, June 1984. Orgreave is part of the pattern of cover ups and lies by the police from the many different forces, which are now being exposed.

We call for a public inquiry to take place as soon as possible into the policing and subsequent statements recorded by the police at the time.

We want everyone who seeks truth and wants justice, to support us in our campaign.”


A play performed by Danny Mellor

Inspired by the accounts of miners who lived through the strike, Undermined depicts a year where friendships were strengthened and communities came together. Experience the events through the eyes of young miner Dale, as he takes you through his personal story inviting you into the action. This oneman show explores the humour and struggles of the miners’ strike through energetic and gripping storytelling. Danny Mellor presents a youthful and contemporary approach to one of Britain’s most controversial disputes.

With banners held high
A film by Judi Alston

This documentary explores the resilience of miners and Women Against Pit Closures through their sense of humour, camaraderie and community spirit in the 1984/5 miners’ strike.

The ability to laugh and share funny moments or observations in times of adversity was important during the year-long strike. Their stories capture a legacy of contemporary history and offer a profound insight into the culture and heritage of the former coalfield communities.

Judi Alston, of One to One Development Trust, directed the film, which was commissioned for the ‘With Banners Held High’ event held in Wakefield on Saturday 7 March 2015.

Tickets are on sale now.

People power can make a difference

When the Civic Theatre in Barnsley announced an upcoming exhibition by Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi, Unite Community member Brian Clarke dug deeper and discovered that the exhibition was backed by the Israeli Government. A letter to his local council resulted in the cancellation of the exhibition.

“I was looking through the Civic events calendar and noticed this exhibition,” said Brian. “I immediately sent an email to Birdwell Councillor Jim Andrews, that I found it very disturbing particularly as it is to be sponsored by the Israeli government.

“I registered my objection taking into account what was happening in Gaza and how the Israelis are treating Palestinians making the point that if it went ahead there would bound to be demonstrations opposing it, causing embarrassment to the Council. I asked Jim if there was anything he could do to stop the exhibition?”

Councillor Andrews responded saying he also was concerned and would look into the matter. Following a telephone conversation with Civic Chief Executive Helen Ball and enquiries to Northampton Gallery, who were loaning the exhibition, the decision was taken not to go ahead.

Helen Ball explains, “having considered all the information provided I feel that given the level to which the conflict in Gaza has escalated in recent months and the level of upset and distress this has caused together with us being an organisation that receives public funding to provide arts and cultural experiences for local people who clearly may be concerned that we appear to be aligning ourselves with one side of that conflict, the best decision is for us not to go ahead with the exhibition.”

Instead the Civic will now present an exhibition from the Royal Photographic Society, International Images for Science 2013.

This is a great example of how action by a single person can make a difference, if only in a small way and help to raise awareness of injustices suffered by those in far away lands.

Still The Enemy Within


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‘Still The Enemy Within’, winner of the 2014 Sheffield Documentary Festival Audience Award, is a unique human insight into one of Britain’s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.

No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw emotional story of the extraordinary people who drove Britain’s longest strike.



Available from:
Box Office: 01226 327000
Online: www.barnsleycivic.co.uk
Email: enquiries@barnsleycivic.co.uk

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