Ever wondered about how UK politics and culture were forged? How once-mighty trade unions were laid low? Or how Neo-liberal economics took hold in Britain? Activism in the 80s charts the political struggles and cultural clashes that shaped the 1980s in the British Isles and beyond. Featuring veteran anti-apartheid activists, senior trade unionists, playwrights, artists and campaigners, this series of podcasts was produced in response to Tracy Ryan’s play, STRIKE! produced by Ardent Theatre Company at the Southwark Playhouse, London in Spring 2023.

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, episodes 1, 2 and 4 feature interviews with some of Anti-Apartheid Legacy’s wider team sharing their lived experience.

Episode 1: The Dunnes Stores Strike

Episode 2: Life Under Apartheid

Episode 3: The War on Trade Unions

Episode 4: British Anti-Apartheid Movement

Episode 5: Women in Theatre

Episode 6: Strike! The Play

Podcasts produced for Ardent Theatre Company by Creative Kin.