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'Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of ALL countries, Unite!' - Marx & Engels, Communist Manifesto (1848)As we rejoin the Salford mining community in the darkest time of British poverty, Oliver Spinks reveals that Horace Sampson’s family will not receive any compensation because of a new policy loophole leaving the family on the breadline. The men agree to give up a portion of their wage for the Sampson’s until they can appeal for the money on Horace behalf. Nikolai talks to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles about their new book, the Communist Manifesto. Nancy tells Nikolai, Hugo has warned her to stay away from him due to Nikolai’s terrorist past. Nikolai reveals his reason for joining the student revolution against Russia's royalist rule. Nikolai convinces the miners to become communists and go on strike. He approaches Marx and Engels in hopes that they will back their cause, and provide a way to advertise their strike across the country. Marx and Engels agree to put Nikolai in contact with an underhanded journalist named Solomon Credge. In Russia, Vladimir Ulyanov hides his brother Aleksandr Ulyanov from the Russian police hunting him for the attempted assassination of the Tsar. Aleksandr is outraged at a local paper filled with slander about the Ulyanov family, including a rumour that Aleksandr's true father was the failed assassin Dmitri Karakazov, whom also attempted to murder the Tsar twenty years before his execution for treason. Aleksandr tells Vladimir he has read ‘ The Communist Manifesto’ sent to him by Nikolai and has fallen in love with the philosophy. He pleads with Vladimir to read the book for all that Aleksandr believes in is between its pages.Show more
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.' - Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (1848) In the final instalment of the Letters to Lenin series the men ( now devastated after Bernard's death ) decide to kidnap Clemence Reed and make him listen. However when they discover Mr Reeds business associates want him dead in order to inherit his coal empire, the men see an opportunity to further their union demands. When Nancy falls Ill and the strike is yet again threatened, Nikolai must choose between the woman he loves and the community he so passionately wants to protect. Now the leader of the newly formed 'Miners Federation Of Great Britain', Nikolai battles with his sense of right and wrong in order to lead the coal mining proletarians into the future of the industrial age. Packed with vengeance, revolution, tragedy and woe this finale is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. If you would like to find out more about this series and the creators behind the voices please visit www.letterstolenin.theatre If you would like to stay informed on future writing work from Olivia Lewis-Brown you can visit her personal site at www.lewis-brown.com or visit www.screamwriter.blog for updatesShow more
“The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.”― Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)Nikolai meets reporter Solomon Credge hoping he will help them publish an article about the communist movements strike. Credge threatens to blackmail Nikolai after having heard of his notoriety back in Russia, and the expensive bounty on his head. Credge warns Nikolai of spies within his ranks, paid by Clemence Reed to disband the strike from the inside. Bernard tells Nikolai Clemence Reed has paid scabs to go back to work, one of which is Oliver Spinks. Nikolai asks Nancy to elope with him to Russia. Nikolai and Bernard discover a dead Oliver Spinks. Nikolai and Bernard are told by Gregor that Oliver was murdered earlier and found in the mines. They suspect Clemence Reed ordered one of his spies to murder Spinks and make it look like a miner to disband the strike. Nikolai decides to hide Oliver's body in the mine and claim he was buried in a cave until they can catch the killer to preserve the strike. Now with a murderer within their ranks, will the men be able to trust each other as the country revolutionises against corrupt capitalist industry? Tension's run even higher in this electric third instalment of the Letters to Lenin series. A tale of betrayals, love, loyalty and the birth of a new political era.Show more