August 2020


Prime Minister Coronavirus Press Conference

Former chief scientist blasts government coronavirus response

30 August 2020 As parents ready kids for school return and the debate over 'the science' rages, Sir David King tells Hilary Wainwright how the government got it wrong

Ntando Yam: theatre as protest

28 August 2020 Phoebe Kisubi reflects on using participatory theatre as a tool for social and political activism among sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa

Talking back to Shakespeare: theatre in women’s prisons

26 August 2020 Shakespeare’s women can alert us to alternative stories – if we listen to them. In ‘talking back’ to the Bard we can change our own stories, says Charlotte Scott

From dole to gold

24 August 2020 Today’s welfare system is notoriously punitive, but in the 1980s it provided the basis of future Olympic success, argues Peter Goulding

Edinburgh street artists perform in Edinburgh on the last weekend of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. This year saw a record number of acts perform representing the best dance, theatre and comedy.

Who’s laughing now?

22 August 2020 As venues tentatively reopen post-lockdown, Siobhán McGuirk surveys the impact of the pandemic on comedy, theatre and the cultural sector

A little more action: theatre, disability, and Elvis

20 August 2020 Elizabeth McGuirk interviews Claire Cunningham, the internationally acclaimed disabled artist, about taking risks, engaging audiences beyond our own bubble, and the enduring power of The King

Municipalist France!

18 August 2020 The recent wave of local election victories in France demonstrates the potential of municipalism, argues Xavi Ferrer, Elena Arrontes and the Collective for Global Municipalism

Shake it up: class, theatre and politics

16 August 2020 Political theatre should ask questions – and prompt us to challenge the status quo. Evie Manning explains the Common Wealth approach

Immigrants stand up

15 August 2020 With casual xenophobia a comedy circuit blight, No Direction Home is a welcome tonic. Here, five troupe members explain the uses and power of laughter – and tell us some jokes

Building power through retrofit

14 August 2020 Municipal-led retrofit can play a vital role in tackling both economic inequality and the climate crisis whilst helping build a transformative social movement, argues Alex King

Lower league football needs democratic ownership, not a salary cap

12 August 2020 It is only through fundamental reform of how clubs are owned, bought, and sold that we can begin to return football to the fans argues Jonty Leibowitz

The World Transformed is back – and it’s never been needed more

10 August 2020 #TWT20 is officially open for registration. Hope Worsdale writes about why it's returning as a digital-first, month-long festival this September

Debt cancellation is vital for global recovery

9 August 2020 Cancelling debt for poor countries is desperately needed to shore up public health systems, social protections and address global structural inequality writes Claudia Webbe MP

The rise of comedian politicians

6 August 2020 As more and more comedians find success in the political arena, Rhian Jones lists some of the most prominent examples of satirists turned statesmen

Kashmir’s new domicile law: the next step in the dispossession of a people

5 August 2020 One year on from India’s annexation of Kashmir, Mirza Saaib Bég explores how a new domicile law is strengthening the occupation

Bedding down in the shadows of Belfast’s bonfires

4 August 2020 The bonfires of Belfast have a raw relevance. Pádraig Ó Meiscill reflects on an annual controversy.

Woke jokes

1 August 2020 There’s nothing radical – or funny – about right-wing comedy, says Jake Laverde



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