Love and taxes - the novel and live show in the 25th anniversary year of 2015
The Berlin wall tumbled, England was winning in the Italian world cup, Mandela walked free, Jive Bunny and Stone Roses wowed the dancehalls across the country and ''Dead poets society' thrilled the film fans. Oh, and England was revolting - in the courts, in the streets, Trafalgar Square in London and throughout that unforgettable year of 1990 -when England got the poll tax and didn't much like it. So much so that the WI joined with the SWP and thousands of others and marched across the country to stand up for something better and, by the way, topple Britain's first woman prime minister. 'Love and taxes' recalls those exciting days of hope, friendship and passion with music, songs and stories in a 45 minute rollercoaster ride of emotions and joy. Tony Benn loved it, so did the Birmingham Book Festival director, Jonathan Davidson and Bloodaxe books MD, Simon Thirsk.
It was initially available to book and tour (call m.07929291589) in the Spring and Summer of 2011 and previously played at:
The Ludlow Assembly rooms, also Wolverhampton Arena and Glasgows' Peoples Palace in 2010.
As the nation in 2015 reels from student tuition fee revolt and budget cuts (and recalls the spirit of the poll tax revolt of March 1990) relive the drama of revolt, resistance and lifelong friendships made in adversity and hope, here, now and then.
Click here for discussion between Costa first fiction nominee for 2011, Simon Thirsk, and Adrian Johnson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz2AkO8Nb0U
Press and publicity photo for 'love and taxes.' Copyright credit: Diana Philips
Adrian Johnson (Left) Jessie Eastfield (Right)
Campaign poster (circa 1989) from Glasgow's Peoples Palace and museum, UK
20 Years on... see the show at the Peoples Palace, Glasgow - Sat 18 April 2009
Please pass this flyer onto your friends and people you think might be interested in coming along!