Monday, 2 November 2015

Mrs Barbour’s Army – 100 years on!

As we approach November 17 – the centenary of the day the court case against 18 Glasgow women on Rent Strike was dropped – it is probably not surprising that the amount of references to Mary Barbour, and in particular the proposed statue to commemorate the activist, campaigner and politician, are likely to increase dramatically.
Mary Barbour
The Scottish Morning Star ‘Our Class, Our Culture’ series of events starts the feature tomorrow (3 November) – with a talk by Maria Fyfe on Rent Strikes and Red Clydeside. The former Labour MP for Maryhill is now Chair of the Remember Mary Barbour Association and will no doubt be keen to bring everyone up to speed on the status of the statue project as well as bringing out some of the important advances that Mary contributed. This is at the STUC centre at 7.00pm. Details here.
Hopefully the woefully small number of prominent women marked by  statues in Glasgow (three at the last count) will soon be increased!
The AJ Taudevin play, Mrs Barber’s Daughters, first performed at A
Mrs Barbour's Daughters. Photo - Leslie Black
Play, a Pie and a Pint
, at Oran Mor in 2014, has a fresh outing at the Tron this week. From the 4 -7 Nov this short play, incorporating
worker, protest and popular songs from the last 100 years, will update the history and point to lessons for today.  7.45pm each night – details here.
And watch out on the 17 itself, for the latest steps in the statue saga!

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