Last night (27th June 2012), to mark one month before the Olympics opening ceremony, a group of merry players known as the “Reclaim Shakespeare Company” took unexpectedly to the stage at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden. Five minutes before a BP-sponsored Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performance of The Comedy of Errors was due to begin, the actors performed a short Shakespeare-inspired piece. They challenged the RSC and the London Olympics over their decision to accept sponsorship from BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster  and the company’s decision to start extracting highly polluting and destructive tar sands oil in Canada .
The surprise performance coincided with a theatre outing for BP employees, which meant that a significant portion of the audience was made up of BP staff, making the pop-up protest especially embarrassing for the RSC.
This was the third such intervention by the Reclaim Shakespeare Company, the first two having taken place on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. It came a week after Mark Rylance, one of the UK’s leading actors, who is performing in the Olympic opening ceremony, expressed his concerns about BP’s sponsorship of the Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad (of which the World Shakespeare Festival is part) on Radio 4’s Today Programme.
Read the full article here on the BP-or-not-BP.org website
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London Takes Gold from Marie Billegrav Bryant on Vimeo.
London Takes Gold is an antidote to Olympic propaganda.
London 2012 organisers fear everything – streakers, terrorists, ambush marketeers, brand hijackers, space hijackers, real hijackers, ticket touts, Olympic flame firefighters, dog walkers, Tibetans, and survivors of Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical, everyone except the VIPs is on the list of suspects.
This film plots local opposition to the construction of Olympic buildings on public parkland and also examines controversy over Olympic sponsors.
While on location shooting footage for this film at Leyton Marsh, Mike Wells was arrested and spent the following 8 days in prison. The authorities were unwilling to grant bail as they claimed he would make mischief in relation the Olympic Project if released. Under his bail conditions, which he believes have been used as a political instrument, he is banned from the proximity of Olympic venue/s.
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London Takes Gold
Filed under: environment, film, policing & civil liberties, public space, the problem with the Olympics
a Struggle to Survive – Dedicated to Leyton Mar
Filed under: environment, film, the problem with the Olympics
CounterOlympics first video production! A film made by Kostas Deligiannidis, Mike Wells and Julian Cheyne.
The true cost of the London Olympics will only be known after the Games are over.
The original budget of £2.4billion may now have risen ten times to £24billion.
The Games are not ‘within’ budget’ and many costs such as the acquisition of the land, the remediation, spending by government departments and quangos are not included in the revised budget of £9.34billion
The ‘opportunity costs’ of spending £24billion could have gone a long way to saving Britain from the Tory austerity shock doctrine
Filed under: film, finance, Olympic legacy, the problem with the Olympics