Monthly Archives: December 2014

Close the Coalhouse Door

I write in the book that in the winter of 1968 a group of assorted Socialists from the Queens Pub in Crouch End had bought tickets to see the play “Close the Coalhouse Door” that was showing in the West End. About fifteen of us had made the trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed the memorable and moving songs of Alex Glasgow which were sung throughout the play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGPSqE74F0Q

Afterwards we all stood on the pavement in Shaftesbury Avenue and sang the theme song to the play before we raised our clenched fists and gave a rousing rendition of the Internationale to the passing theatre goers of London’s West End:

“Arise, ye starvelings, from your slumbers, Arise, ye criminals of want for reason in revolt now thunders and at last ends the age of cant.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTKgW4xej5s