Listen here: Brighton Uni Drama Society A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by on Jun.08, 2016, under News


Followinbg a series of interviews with the cast (below) we were very ecxited to be invited along to record the final production of Midsummer Night’s at the Brighthelm Centre on May 27th. We absolutely loved it – full of highly accomplished performances, lovely sets and very beautiful music. Well done and thanks to everyone involved.


Fourth interview with the cast. Good luck next week guys with the performances from all your friends at Radio Free Brighton!


The Brighton University Drama Society are performing William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the Brighton Fringe.

In week 3 of the ongoing cast interviews, Oberon (Rob) interviews Helena (played by Cat Bass), Puck (played by Oscar Stafford), Snug The Joiner (played by Morgan Dawe) and Moth (played by Veronica Liptrot).

The group chat about the challenges of acting as part of a group as opposed to alone, favourite Shakespeare plays, the nature of fairies and whether it would be better to have a donkey head or for a donkey to have your head for a day. With just over two weeks left, excitement from the cast is at an all time high!

Details for the play can be found here:
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Listen here: Prof Ian Cunningham SMLC on School Testing

by on May.03, 2016, under News

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Prof Ian Cunningham from the Self Managed Learning College in Brighton talks about education school testing and better ways to support children in learning for a good life


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Sussex Defend the NHS: Campaigners say CCG Chief Exec should go: shifting blame didn’t wash with independent reviewers of patient transport chaos

by on Aug.10, 2015, under News

Sussex Defend the NHS are angry at responses to the independent report on Sussex Patient Transport Service that was published on Monday. The local NHS campaigning group are calling for the resignation of Wendy Carberry, Chief Executive of Lewes and Havens CCG who is responsible for the contract being awarded to Coperforma and which led to a complete break down in the service earlier in the year. The chaos and dire consequences for patients caught the attention of the national press as well as local media.

Sussex Defend point out that at the time, the previous service provider was blamed by both Coperformer and Wendy Carberry for not cooperating fully with data provision at the change-over in April. This is not the case according to the assessment report which says,

We have examined the initial reasons stated by Coperforma as being the two principal causes of the poor performance, (high volume of calls and errors in the live data transferred), and we suggest both should have been capable of being addressed in a number of days, rather than weeks.

Blaming the previous provider is wholly inadequate and now proven wrong. It was weeks before Coperforma managed to improve the service to anywhere near acceptable levels. Even in June, Sussex Defend the NHS publicised the case of a patient who sadly died having missed an appointment with a consultant due to the transport not turning up. Wendy Carberry promised a report on this incident would be sent to the family by July. The group will be asking for its publication.

What the campaigners say now is, ‘This independent assessment of the PTS chaos makes strong criticism of the CCG’s decision to contract with an ill-prepared, un-tried and poorly monitored private provider. Once again, the person ultimately responsible, Wendy Carberry, is pointing the finger anywhere other than herself and the CCGs responsible, this time at half a dozen sacked call-centre workers. And while this is being investigated, she can only apologise and say little else. On her salary that’s not good enough. With power comes responsibility and she needs to accept that and resign before her CCG signs off any more dangerous contracts under the delusion that they are saving money and improving efficiency which they so clearly aren’t. The recommendations in this report look like basic common sense. These people are not fit for the jobs they have and should go.’

For further information contact Katrina Miller SDNHS mob 0775 238 0093

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Here are some of the upcoming events over the next few weeks, organised by Sussex Defend the NHS.

Tues 8 March

Sussex Defend the NHS Organising Meeting All supporters welcome. 7 – 9pm. Dorset gardens Methodist Church.

Wed 9 March

Show solidarity with Junior Doctors on strike 8 -12.30 Outside Royal Sussex County Hospital. Unite Community Benefits Campaign Day of Action against Benefit Cuts 11am Job Centre Edward Street Trades Council AGM Guest Speaker: Junior Doctor Todd Leckie, BMA rep. 7:30pm King and Queen Pub All trade union & BMA members welcome

Thurs 10 March

Show solidarity with Junior Doctors on strike 8 -12.30 Outside Royal Sussex County hospital, Brighton

Fri 11 March

Sussex Defend the NHS: Send off for Caroline Lucas as she goes to London for 2nd reading of NHS Bill on 11th March. Brighton station. 7.30 am See attached flyer and info

Tuesday 15th March

National Sixth Form Colleges NUT Strike; – support BHASVIC and Varndean College pickets From early AM. Brighton and Hove Health Wellbeing Board 4pm Brighton Centre (get in touch if you plan to go)

Sat 19th March

Stand Up to Racism/Refugees Welcome Demo Central London Coach from Brighton organised by People’s Assembly, 9am

Tues 22 March

B&H CCG Board Meeting Brighthelm Centre 10-1pm

Sat 26 March

Defend the NHS Stall and soap box War memorial, bottom St James St 11-1pm

Tues 12 April

Defend NHS Organising Meeting All supporters welcome. 7 – 9pm. Dorset gardens Methodist Church

Sat 16 April

National People’s Assembly demo: march for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education 9.30 am Meet Brighton Station to travel to London. 99% Festival part 1: Big Revolutions 8.30pm Synergy Centre, 78 West St BN1 2RA

Sunday 17th April

99% Festival part 2: Ousting Austerity Synergy Centre, 78 West St BN1 2RA.


As you know, we, along with others campaigning for a non-privatised NHS, are also campaigning against TTIP.  This 7 minute clip explains why:
We are also keeping a close eye on proposals to cut public services run by Brighton and Hove Council – follow the Peoples Assembly link if you don’t know what the proposals are:
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Before the Roll Back – Brighton Uni Students read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

by on Jan.19, 2015, under News



The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.

The Human Rights Act 1998 mostly came into force on 2 October 2000.Its aim was to incorporate into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act makes a remedy for breach of a Convention right available in UK courts, without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg.The European Convention on Human Rights draws much of its inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.It seems appropriate therefore to look again at this wonderful document and, as our Brighton University readers have done in this recording, to reconsider the aspirations and values herein.


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Lecture: Bioregional Photography Panel at Brighton University.

by on Oct.04, 2014, under News


A lecture and panel discussing the environment, hosted by Nina Emmet founder of FotoDocument and Pooran Desai, founder of Bioregional and One Planet Living. This lecture looks at some excellent photographic collections put together by the panel, centering on key environmental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.

Held at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten commissioned photographers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Gerrard and Murray Ballard, took part in the discussion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in public spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The project was launched under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 – core arts partner for the project Photoworks.

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Permission for hundreds of homes and jobs at derelict fruit and veg market, Circus Street, Brighton

by on Sep.18, 2014, under News

Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton which will deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.

The planning committee today (September 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.

The former municipal fruit and veg market would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’, expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.

Permission includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.

New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library.  Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation, say officials.

Alongside will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year.

Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies.  A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.

Permission includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level, around a new public square.  Cathedral are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing – producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.


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What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

by on May.26, 2014, under News

Graph depicting the increased presence of Methane, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a direct threat to the polar ice caps and climate at large.

With the increased presence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elections, the climate change dialogue is becoming more and more transparent. Below are links to two pieces of propaganda: the first being the Exxon Outlook for Energy 2040, a publication aimed at Exxon shareholders and the politicians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, backed by science and science alone.

The former makes no mention of methane and fails to acknowledge the rapidly accelerating climate change crisis. The latter uses information from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weakness and formulate some progression from where we are now, placing serious catastrophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Download the Exxon report here:

View and share the AMEG information here:


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LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd

by on May.02, 2014, under News


In Our Hands:

Public Services for People

at Brighthelm Church & Community Centre

Inspired by national campaign ‘We Own It’, Caroline Lucas MP and a panel of high profile speakers explored why public services should be brought back into public hands. They discussed how to do this and and how to ensure that the private companies currently running everything from our NHS and public transport to our schools and benefits system are more accountable and transparent.

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Get to know and support the ONCA Gallery!

by on Apr.26, 2014, under News, Uncategorized

Listen here to our interview with Lauren Davis from the ONCA Gallery.

“ONCA is One Network for Conservation and the Arts”. They are “a gallery and a possibility, filled with paintings, stories and songs, with artists, volunteers, innovators, teachers, performers, philosophers and conservationists…”.

Seems interesting? Check their website, and support their crowd funding campaign! –

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Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation

by on Apr.17, 2014, under News


LISTEN HERE Interview with Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth on West Sussex County Council decision to permit Cuadrilla further exploratory drilling at Balcombe.             We’ve just heard from the court in Brighton where five Balcombe anti-fracking protestors including Caroline Lucas MP are on trial. And the verdict is… NOT GUILTY! We hope that you’re as happy as we are with this fantastic news. But we’re not celebrating quite yet. As Caroline Lucas said this afternoon from outside the court in Brighton: “We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking, but this judgement is not a victory. We will continue to campaign to end fracking and celebrate when that has been achieved.” “In the light of the UN’s latest report on climate change, it is clearer than ever that the only safe and responsible thing to do with shale gas is to leave it in the ground.” “All five of us would like to thank everyone who has turned up to support us and thank the thousands of people who have sent letters, emails and tweets to express their support.” You can read Caroline’s full reaction to the not-guilty verdict here. BBC – ‘Green MP Caroline Lucas cleared over Fracking Protest’ Huffington Post – ‘Lucas found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest’

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