Guest blog from Atos Stories :
Face it. The ESA mess has been going on long enough. Atos have been carrying out a test that terrifies sick and disabled people for long enough. The government has been pretending it's enabling people for long enough. So we were delighted to see our friend Sue Marsh lay down the gauntlet and say enough IS enough. We need to end the pain and fear of ESA once and for all and the ESA Endgame campaign might just do it.
We always wrote our plays as a way to educate people about Atos, the DWP and ESA. And we've had somesuccess. Over 3000 people have read Atos Stories, The Atos Monologues and Atos Street Theatre.
The Monologues have been performed in Leeds, at Greenbelt and podcasted by My Life, My Choice. Despite having Newham Council cancel their 1st performance, Act Up are still planning on putting on the show.
But now we want to try something new. Something you can ALL get involved in. We have three versions of the play: Atos Stories, The Atos Monologues and Atos Street Theatre and we’d like to invite you to put one of these versions on in your community.
You don't have do the whole thing, you could do a scene, sing a song, read part of the monologues. You could add your own stories or link with the stories published by Sue on her blog under the #esaendgame hashtag. But the idea is that everybody Acts Against Atos on the same day across the country. (Date to be confirmed)
You can do this anywhere, at a library, community centre, shopping mall, theatre, your local Atos office. Wherever the most people will be able to hear the message. So if you are an actor, or if you are not, if you are disabled or sick or not., but you can read a part,
sing a song, act a scene and you want to get involved. Let us know.
If you want to take part, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us who is taking part, where and when and we'll put it on our blog.
Please try and get a record of the event, and we'll post a link.
By Acting Together, we CAN end the pain of ESA now!