12 May 2016 - 12 May 2016

Almeida Questions

Dramatising Poverty

Tickets £7 / £5 (concessions

production information

Does modern drama have a responsibility to put stories of disadvantage on stage and screen? 

Is there a danger of cultural voyeurism?

To discuss, Boy playwright Leo Butler will be joined by Selina Todd (author of The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, fellow and vice principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford), BAFTA and Evening Standard Award-winning playwright, Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Days of Significance) and Policy and Research Director at The Children's Society, Dr Sam Royston. The discussion is chaired by Almeida Director of Participation, Dani Parr.

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. Read more and watch previous Almeida Questions events here

Dates & Tickets

Thurs 12 May 6pm
Almeida Theatre Auditorium 

Theatre includes: Made of Stone; Redundant; Lucky Dog; Faces in the Crowd (Royal Court); Devotion (Theatre Centre); Heroes (National Theatre Education Tour); I’ll Be the Devil (RSC / Tricycle Theatre); The Early Bird (Queen’s Theatre, Belfast / Finborough Theatre); Come to Where I'm From Juicy Fruits(Paines Plough / Traverse Theatre / Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Sixty-Nine (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival); Could You Please Close the Door Please (FIND Festival / Schaubuhne, Berlin); Alison! A Rock Opera (co-composed with Daniel Persad - Royal Court / King’s Head Theatre / Spread Eagle Theatre).

Television includes: Jerusalem the Golden.

Film includes: Self-Made.

Leo won the George Devine Award in 2001 for Redundant.

He was the Writers’ Tutor for the Royal Court’s Young Writers’ Programme from 2006 - 2014. His plays have been performed in countries across the world, including South Africa, Hungary, Russia, the United States, Brazil and Australia, and are published by Methuen / A & C Black.


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