Austerity by Mike Elliston
Edmund Dehn plays Winston Churchill among others in this Brechtian political work-in-development.
Set in the post-war period of 1945-51 when Britain faced an altogether different, but none the less harsh, period of austerity imposed on it by the newly elected Labour Government, “Austerity” by Mike Elliston aims to start a conversation because we think it’s time we all started talking (we don’t have to agree) at a time when we are on the verge of yet another “reassessment of the nation”. Whereas in 1945, austerity was a response to the strictures placed on the economy, hope did seem to spring eternal. In our time, though, from 2010 onwards, austerity has been on the end of the whipping arm of an ideology that blames the poor for their supposed tendencies to skive, scrounge and steal, but just like in 1951, there are many other factors at work that make us who we really are as a modern, civilised nation versus the one we think we are, or indeed the one we want the rest of the world to think we are.
Don’t miss this edgy, funny, politically charged, Brechtian and immersive piece of theatre. There will be audience Q & A sessions so you can have your say about how we should take this work forward!