Almeida Questions – The House of Shades
Free to those aged 25 and under (limited to 2 per person)
"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.
Mon 15 Jun
6 – 6.45pm
Free to those aged 25 and under. Enter the promo code AQ25 before selecting your tickets (limited to 2 per person)