21st Oct 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm

502 Dorset Place

A Screening with Q and A

Michael Wayne (Brunel University) and Deirdre O’Neill (Inside Film)

Note change of venue to: 502 Dorset Place

Everything changes and yet everything stays the same. 1844: Friedrich Engels writes his book The Condition of the Working Class in England, a classic denunciation of the appalling living conditions for working people living at the heart of the industrial revolution in Manchester, England. In 2012: a group of working class people from Manchester and Salford have the job of devising a theatrical show from scratch based on their own experiences and Engels’ book. They have eight weeks before their first performances. The Condition of the Working Class follows the process from the first rehearsal to first night and situates their struggle to get the show on stage in the context of the daily struggles of working people facing economic crisis and austerity politics.

Mike Wayne is a Professor of Screen Media at Brunel University where he convenes the MA in Documentary Practice. He has written widely on Marxist theory, aesthetics, film and television. His books include Marxism and the Media (2003), Marx’s Das Kapital For Beginners (2012) and most recently, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique.

Deirdre O’Neill is a lecturer and filmmaker – she is also the co-ordinator of Inside Film.