Acting Strange Theatre Company met in the Wynd Centre, Paisley on Wednesday 20th June to rehearse short plays they will be performing at Faslane Peace Camp in support of it’s 30th year of inspirational occupation. The small and newly organised Theatre group will be acting scripts written by Group founders, Sandra Webster and Neil Scott.
A short time into the rehearsals, Strathclyde Police arrived and asked to see “the organisers” of the group. Sandra and Neil spoke to them, and from what the officers told them, they ascertained that the order came from “elsewhere” for the visit. None of the Theatre Groups members gave personal information, and ensured the officers knew that the performances and demonstration could number “between 10 and 1500” next Thursday!
Sandra, who is also the Scottish Socialist Party Co-Spokesperson commented, “When I saw the police arrive into our rehearsal rooms, my immediate thoughts were that something had happened to my children. It is absolutely shocking that our police are being used to harass theatre groups in these times of cut-backs. What a tremendous waste of money and time!”
|some of the members of Acting Strange Theatre Company at rehearsal|
Musician and actor, Pauline Bradley, commented, “We’re clearly having an impact, given that the authorities have their eye on us.”
Neil Scott commented, “This is a fabulous endorsement of our radical credentials. This makes us more determined to go show our support for the occupation of the Peace Camp and it shows that our society is upside down when Theatre Groups are raided by police, but illegal weapons of war are protected by people paid by our taxes.”
Group member, Carolina Perez urged people opposed to these immoral and murderous weapons to, “come join us by the banks of the Gare Loch to sing, laugh and share food in support of the resistance to weapons of mass destruction. Festivities kick off at around 11am on 28th. Anyone who would like a lift from Helensburgh Railway station on the morning of our gathering should text 07541392522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”