Have politicians lost the art of persuasion?

A speech can inspire crowds, set out a vision – and change hearts and minds. But in the era of Trump’s tweets and social media soundbites, is there a place for great oratory?

With the launch of the third and final series of digital film project  Figures of Speech, Helen Lewis chaired a panel including Amanda Abbington, Philip Collins, Sam Leith and Darren Siah to discuss what makes great rhetoric – and whether carefully crafted words still have a place in public life. Presented in association with the New Statesman.  Recorded at the Almeida Theatre on 19 March 2018. 

Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. In each discussion, invited panellists dig into the key issues and ideas emerging from the show. 

Find out more at almeida.co.uk/almeida-questions