Madrid Today - Merseyside Tomorrow

Date: 28.5.16
George Garrett & The Spanish Civil War

George Garrett (1896-1966), was a Merchant Seaman, writer, playwright and radical activist. When the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936 he helped found Merseyside Left Theatre (now Unity Theatre), a ‘political theatre involved in the struggle for socialism’, bringing the ‘most urgent political issue of the day’ – the need to rouse support for the Spanish people in their fight against international fascism to working class audiences. They toured their first plays ‘Guernica’ and ‘Spain’, often playing to full houses across the region. Garrett threw all his energy into the theatre and the fight against fascism, he fully understood the coming threat of fascism, epitomised in the slogan ‘Madrid Today – Merseyside Tomorrow’ which they daubed on walls across the city. We commemorate the 50th anniversary of George’s death and the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil war, by celebrating the first ever public opening of George’s unique archive at Liverpool Records Office. The Garretteers, volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few years as part of the George Garrett Archive project, will discuss artefacts they have selected that illuminate George’s role as a working class writer, dramatist and activist in the late 1930’s.

Date: Saturday 28th May 
Venue: Liverpool Central Library. William Brown Street, L3 8EW
Time : 2pm 
Free. No tickets required