15 Jun 2020 - 15 Jun 2020

Almeida Questions – The House of Shades

Salt of the Earth: Do artists lack imagination in representing the working-class?

This event has been postponed

production information

Following government advice, and alongside other UK theatres, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily close the Almeida Theatre. The length of closure is currently unknown and we will constantly review this in line with the latest government advice. 

Sadly we have taken the decision to postpone all Almeida Question events, and all ticket holders for this event will be contacted shortly.

We are receiving a high volume of phone calls and emails, and we appreciate your patience as we contact all ticket holders by date of performance as quickly as we can in these difficult circumstances.

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"I wanna live like common people
I wanna do whatever common people do
Wanna sleep with common people
I wanna sleep with common people
Like you" (Jarvis Cocker)

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

Dates & Tickets

Free to those aged 25 and under. Enter the promo code AQ25 before selecting your tickets (limited to 2 per person)

Cast & Creatives

Panel TBC

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