Person - Albert Thompson

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In the 1930s Bert Thompson was associated with the ALP’s short-lived Socialisation Art and Drama Group. Its performing arm with the working title Theatre of the Hammer was based at Newtown. He became its Assistant Secretary and had a small part in Molten Metal, H Hankin’s piece about a factory strike.

In 1933 Thompson joined the Friends of the Soviet Union (FOSU) drama group for whom he wrote The Moscow Trial of the Metro Vickers Workers 1933, Tractors 1934 and Justifiable Homicide 1935. He also reviewed plays and films for Soviets Today including Wilfred Walter’s Happy and Glorious . Although the audience tittered, he found it a welcome relief from “sex-soaked plays”.

As Secretary of the Milk & Ice Carters Union, Bert Thompson was connected with the Trades and Labour Council. By 1961 he was an associate member of NT. He was married.

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