Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro, Cel Spellman, and Julie Hesmondhalgh say Stand Up To Racism. Refugees Welcome Here.

In the run up to the Tory Party Conference in Manchester during the first week of October, Greater Manchester based actors have Stood Up to Racism and backed this coming Saturday’s (12 Sept) launch that is part of a National Day to Support Refugees.

As we face the largest refugee crisis since World War Two, Manchester’s Stand Up to Racism launch event this Saturday will be concentrating on how people from here can reach out to the refugees who are already here, alongside those in Calais.

At the People’s Assembly rally last night in the city centre, hundreds gathered to hear speeches urging everyone to get onto Multicultural Manchester’s streets next month and make it crystal clear to the Tories that this city is against both the Austerity and the Racism that goes hand in hand with it.

Maxine Peake previews the Challenge Cup final between Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos

Actress and rugby league fan Maxine Peake previews the Challenge Cup final between Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos.

Watch the Challenge Cup Final live on BBC One and online from 14:30 BST on Saturday.

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Watch it here.

Maxine Peake reads Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy for Peterloo Massacre Memorial

Here is a video and a selection of photos from the Peterloo Massacre Memorial today in Manchester, recognising those who were killed and injured in protesting for the reform of parliamentary representation in 1819. Amongst the many people gathered were a few famous faces including Maxine Peake reading Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy, Christopher Ecclestone, John Thompson and John Henshaw:

Thanks to garethhgeorge for the video and photos!

Video Update: Maxine Peake Interview at ‘The Theory of Everything’ UK Premiere – 9 December 2014

Maxine Peake is interviewed at the Premiere of The Theory of Everything which tells the true life story of Stephen Hawking and his love affair with his first wife Jane Hawking.