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October 2004 No.50

'Dramatic' twist to anti-PFI campaign

UNISON sponsors 7:84 'Private Agenda' tour - based on the voices of its members

UNISON's long-running campaign against PFI/PPP has taken a dramatic step forward, with sponsorship of a major tour of 7:84 Theatre Company's new show 'Private Agenda'.

The tour that started in Paisley on 3 Sept will take an extraordinary new play to most of Scotland - from Stranraer to Thurso (tour schedule below).

The play has been created from the real life stories of campaigners, workers and users of Scotland's public services - many UNISON members amongst them.

Lorenzo Mele, 7:84's Artistic Director says: "It promises to be a surreal, maddening and hilarious trip through the corridors and wards of privately financed hospitals and schools.

"It starts with a trip over the bridge to Skye, uncovers corporate cuts in Caithness, finds fighting in Fort William and pillaging in Perth's Royal Infirmary!"

As part of the sponsorship, UNISON has arranged ticket deals for members at some of the venues, and we are suggesting to branches that they buy tickets for members in their locality.

Already many branches have opted into this. Contact Marianne Maxwell at 7:84 (0141-334 6686) to arrange a group visit.

In addition the company is giving the audience a chance to air their views on the local issues and campaigns. After each performance they will create a 'Public Space' and invite local guest speakers, so that they (and you) can have their say.

Tour dates

2-4 Sept Paisley Arts Centre

7 Sept Stranraer The Ryan Centre

8 Sept Kilmarnock Palace Theatre

9 Sept Dunfermline Carnegie Hall

10/11 Sept Musselburgh Brunton Theatre

14 Sept Huntly The Gordon Schools

15 Sept Lossiemouth High School

16 Sept Aboyne Deeside Theatre

17 Sept Aberdeen Lemon Tree

18 Sept Fraserburgh Dalrymple Arts Centre 21-25 Sept Glasgow The Arches

29 Sept Cumbernauld Theatre

2 Oct Dumfries Theatre Royal

5-7 Oct Perth Perth Rep Theatre

9 Oct Portree Aros Centre

12 Oct Thurso Mill Theatre

13 Oct Fort William Nevis Centre

15 Oct Ballachulish Village Hall

16 Oct Oban Corran Halls

19-23 Oct Edinburgh Traverse Theatre

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