A NEW radio play this week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the trial of the Angry Brigade. The Angry Brigade were a group of young British men and women who launched a campaign of bombing against the government in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were inspired by the huge waves of international protests against war in Vietnam, repression in Ireland and attacks on workers' rights in Britain.
Their response was to target symbols of the system like the Post Office Tower and a leading Tory minister. The play documents the trial, and the way that the state authorities bent all their will to ensure Anna Mendelson, Hilary Creek, John Barker and James Greenfield were sent down for ten years.
It shows how all four of them were politically committed to a different kind of world. But it also shows that they looked to individual action, rather than mass confrontation and the struggles that broke out in the 1970s.
The Trial of the Angry Brigade will be broadcast this Friday, 9 August, at 9pm on Radio 4.