UCL Urban Laboratory and UCL Culture host a bold new drama on far-right radicalisation, cities and young people: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/urban-lab/events/2019/oct/we-young-strong
WE THE YOUNG STRONG
By Nicola Baldwin
Directed by Cat Robey
Elizabeth Twells, Stephanie Houtman, Zoë Templeman-Young, Dan Parr, Peter Clements
We The Young Strong is a bold new drama tackling far-right radicalisation, by writer Nicola Baldwin and director Cat Robey, presented by UCL Urban Laboratory and the Bloomsbury Theatre. Inspired by archive testimony of young women detained under emergency regulations during the Second World War, it shines a light on 1930s Britain; political division, austerity, economic marginalisation, extremist radicalisation, street violence and fake news.
Flora, Eva, Violet, Charlie and George – unemployed, troubled, kicked out of school. Years of austerity following a banking crash they can barely remember has crushed their hopes. They join a new political movement, which promises to train them, pay them, empower them: the British Union of Fascists. The Blackshirts insist the future belongs to those willing to fight for it. But what if this means fighting each other?
The performance will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian columnist and senior economics commentator, with Julie Gottlieb, Professor in Modern History at The University of Sheffield whose research includes 20th Century British Political History, women’s history, and British fascism.
Creative team: Nicola Baldwin, Cat Robey, Gabriel Finn, Junior XL, Abi Bown
Thursday 24 October, 19.30 – 21.30
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH.
Tickets £5: http://bit.ly/wetheyoungstrongtix
Box office: Mon – Fri
12:00–17:00 and pre-shows
020 3108 1000
Running time 80 minutes without an interval. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.