One of our country's longest running political theatre groups, Banner have dedicated their time over 50 years to trade union causes and working-class issues, and the power of working-class culture.
The workshop is called Banner Theatre: Working Class Culture for a change! It will take place on Zoom on 16/02/2024 at 6 pm – 8 pm GMT
This is the booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/banner-theatre-working-class-culture-for-a-change-tickets-818720955417All welcome, most especially trade unionists and other political activists.
Founded in 1973, Banner Theatre creates powerful, innovative, issue-based multimedia theatre productions, which tour to community and trade union audiences, predominantly in non-theatre/non-arts venues, typically reaching over 10,000 people annually.
They have a successful track record of developing collaborative documentary theatre, combining video interviews and original live music and song with film, and animation, in a form they call the 'video-ballad', which stages the real-life experiences of disadvantaged groups and communities in struggle.
What makes the company unique is, first and foremost, its use of 'actuality' – ordinary people's words captured by camera, that constitute the source material of all their shows.
Another essential core element of their work is the use of 'popular education' techniques (pioneered by Paulo Freire in the 1960s), which informs both the processes of creating new productions, and also in the workshops and discussions that they provide as part of their educational strategy.
Finally, Banner is one of very few theatre companies prioritising working-class audiences and working with trade unions. Their aim is to support the struggles of the working class and increase awareness of, and generate action around, key social and political issues and trends.