RTP Downsized: The Audio Play by Martin Chomsky

RTP Downsized Audio Play release cover artby Martin Chomsky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 14, 2014

In this season of rampant consumerism, let us spare a thought for the poor, bedraggled working classes. Especially those who can see Christmas for the kaleidoscope of greed and avarice it really is.

So, jog on all you squillionaire celebrities in your Santa hats and ludicrous jumpers: this is our tale. Continue reading

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

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Updated: Sept. 15, 2017

George Moore Films on May 28, 2014

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Robert Tressell banner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This film was shot mostly in four days, on zero-budget, by (at the time) 16 year old director George Moore.

More details on the production at georgemoorefilms.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of impoverished working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society.

Adapted from the celebrated political drama novel by Robert Tressell.

Directed/Produced/Shot/Edited/Screenplay by George Moore.
Starring Basil Marples, David Norfolk, Chris Trueman, Andy Turner, Chris Beale, Martin Moore.
Music by Lau, Chris Wood, Pete Cooper, Tom Moore, Kevin MacLeod.

All rights reserved George Moore Films 2014.

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The Ragged Trousered Comic Book by Martin Chomsky

©Esther Frain WorldInStill Photography 2013

©Esther Frain WorldInStill Photography 2013

by Martin Chomsky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 20, 2013

It was said in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death that, although she never understood art, she certainly inspired plenty of it.

Or, at least, so did her policies.

And so it is with my latest project, a kids’ comic book version of Robert Tressell’s ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’. [See video below.]

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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ragged-Trousered_Philanthropists

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Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the inequity and iniquity of society, Tressell’s cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target — the workers who think that a better life is “not for the likes of them”. Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their “betters”. Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell’s own experiences.

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