Visiting Revolutionaries was staged as a tribute to poet and activist John Rety who died early in 2010. John and his partner Sue Johns have been long-time supporters of The New Factory, letting us rehearse at The Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town for very little money, and allowing us to perform there on many occasions. The Torianno has been in existence for nearly 30 years, and John and Sue have worked tirelessly to keep the venture going.
Though a great admirer of the work of The New Factory John was never afraid to speak his mind. Of our performance of Victory Over the Sun at The Pushkin Club he passed the judgement “written by school boys, for school boys”. He could be funny, irascible, and always eccentric. But above all John was a great believer in the human spirit.
A quote from an interview John gave to Red Pepper:
“For me, the words communism and anarchism are interchangeable; cooperation is the main core of my philosophy. It is unthinkable that humans could have survived since Palaeolithic times if they had not willingly helped each other to survive. Even today, there remains the trace of anarchist communism within each home, where there is no exchange of goods for payment, and each person has their own free will and choices. If at home, why not in public?”
December 2010 – The Torriano Meeting House – London