Almeida Questions: Do Artists Lack Imagination in Representing the Working-Class?

Almeida Questions: Do Artists Lack Imagination in Representing the Working-Class?

Almeida Theatre · 15 JUN - 15 JUN

How have changes in working-class identity during the twenty-first century found their expression in books, plays and films?

Overview

Is there a hierarchy in the artistic representation of the working-class experience: the urban over the rural, the northern over the southern, the white working-class over the ethnic minority experience? Are working-class stories inextricably linked to social realism, or is there space for the surreal, the magic realist, the expressionistic? And where is the line drawn between empathy and pity; between gritty authenticity and voyeuristic poverty porn?

Inspired by The House of Shades, this Almeida Questions panel explores how working-class life is represented in culture from Cathy Come Home to Moonlight.

Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage.

Date & time

Opening 15 Jun
Mon 15 Jun, 6pm
Runtime: 45 mins

Venue

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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