Performer Steven Carne brings his musical comedy cabaret SPECIAL MEASURES, to Lindley Liberal Club, 36 Occupation Road in Huddersfield at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th April, for a night of stories and songs from the frontline of the #NHS4All campaign.
Not every performer can weave jokes, songs, economics and funding mechanisms into a cabaret – but Steve does with his NHS Cabaret that is touring England in pubs, clubs and community centres.
Anthems for Accidental Activists starts with Steve’s story of bumping into the 999 Call for the NHS DarloMums on Twitter. A two hour phone call later, he was helping to organise the 300 mile Jarrow to London People’s March for the NHS in 2014, which culminated in Trafalgar Square with a rally of over 20,000 people.
Since then the 999 Call for the NHS campaign has involved Steve in meetings with party leaders in the House of Commons, setting up campaigner networks, NHS Detectives street theatre performances, being the subject of an award winning documentary – and now, taking NHS England to court for its Accountable Care Organisation contract in an upcoming Judicial Review in Leeds on 24th April.
“No one in their right mind wakes up one morning and decides to be an NHS Campaigner. It creeps up and takes you over. Once you begin to see what is going on in our healthcare service you can’t stop yourself. And that’s what the show is about – my experience over the last four years working with some of the loveliest people and fighting some of the worst! It’s a bundle of laughs being an accidental activist!”
The show, which features songs from Sinatra to Lilly Allen and Les Miserables, is hosted by Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS.
CK999 know only too well what Steven is talking about. Set up in 2014 after organising a march from Halifax to Wakefield to join the main Jarrow to London march, CK999 have been actively campaigning to keep both Halifax and Huddersfield A&Es open 24/7, to stop and reverse NHS cuts and privatisation – particularly the cuts-driven Sustainability and Transformation Plans, and to restore the NHS to full public ownership, management and provision, with proper funding.
We are centrally involved in the national 999 Call for the NHS Judicial Review of NHS England’s Accountable Care Organisation contract.
Together with other local groups, we get behind NHS managers’ and local councils’ smoke and mirrors, find out what stealth cuts and privatisations are being proposed, collect and publish staff and patient stories and alert the public about how to stand up for the NHS and social care as a comprehensive service for all that is free at the point of need.
Event Organiser Chrissie Parker said:
“CK999 wanted to bring SPECIAL MEASURES to Huddersfield because Steve’s dark sense of humour keeps many campaigners inspired and determined at times of feeling like giving up.
Not everyone can mix West End Musicals with NHS funding mechanisms but somehow Steve has found a way.
Please come along – not just for a fun evening but also to share your own accidental activist stories with us too. We will feed this into our local campaign to keep both A&Es open 24/7 and resist all the other cuts and sell offs that are on the cards”
Entry is free, donations are welcome to cover the costs of the show, any extra goes to support 999 call for the NHS campaign funds.