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Wed 14 NovStart time: 16:30
Perspectives on Practice: Practicing Between CulturesLocation: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
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Wed 28 NovStart time: 16:30
The Acting Class - film screening and discussion with filmmakerLocation: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
All the world’s a stage. But not all the players are equal.
When Tom Stocks, a young man from Bolton has to turn down a chance to study at the East 15 drama school because he cannot afford the fees, he sets up a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry stacked against them. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent from modest backgrounds is going to come from. Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them. Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our identities. And that is political.
Deirdre O’ Neill is a working class lecturer and filmmaker.
Her new book Film as a Radical Pedagogic Tool explores the way in which a radical pedagogy of film grounded in the experiences, class location and everyday realities of the working class can provide a starting point for a critical engagement with and a materialist understanding of how society is organised.
She is the co-coordinator of the Inside Film Project http://www.insidefilm.org
She has co- directed (with Mike Wayne) three films Listen to Venezuela http://listentovenezuela.info and Condition of the Working Class http://www.conditionoftheworkingclass.info. Their latest film The Acting Class is about the lack of working class actors https://theactingclass.info/