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Camden People’s Theatre announces new festival exploring class

Jackie Hagan
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Camden People’s Theatre in London has announced a new festival focusing on social class.

Common People, created in response to a Labour Party report criticising a “class-shaped hole in the arts”, will run from April 17 to 28.

The report, which was the result of Labour’s Acting Up enquiry, looked into barriers faced by working-class people in the performing arts, and found that the “sky high” cost of drama school audition fees is preventing young, working-class actors from entering the profession.

Jackie Hagan’s This Is Not A Safe Space, which looks at how cuts to benefits are hitting disabled people, will headline the festival.

Other highlights include The Class Project by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Chav by Kelly Green, Opal Fruits by Holly Beasley-Garrigan and Temporary by Libby Liburd.

A panel of experts will discuss of class inequality in the arts in a talk titled Is there a class-shaped hole in the diversity debate?

Artistic director Brian Logan said: “We’re all talking more and more about class, apparently. But who’s leading the conversation? Who’s dictating what we’re allowed to say?

“Our new Common People festival is proudly led by working-class artists and working-class voices, taking apart the idea that working-class is cool again, exploring the reality of being working-class in modern Britain – and in its theatre.”