Review – Angela Carter’s ‘Provincial Bohemia’
13 May 2021
Despite some omissions, Stephen E Hunt's examination of radical novelist Angela Carter's time in Bristol and Bath provides a useful lens to analyse the countercultural history of the two cities, argues Sue Tate.
Video games and anti-capitalist aesthetics
7 May 2021
As more and more video games infuse their narratives with explicitly political themes, B.G.M. Muggeridge asks why so many fall short in actually challenging capitalism
Terrible films about the Troubles
6 April 2021
Taking a cinematic tour of predictable plots and improbable accents, Stephen Hackett finds himself asking: hasn’t Ulster suffered enough?
Review – Bank Job
20 February 2021
Jake Woodier reviews a new documentary film that brings heist aesthetics to a story of debt activism
Will the beat go on?
1 November 2020
Gerry Hart reports on lockdown, gentrification and the face of Newcastle's live music
The importance of queer space
30 October 2020
From creating to ‘taking up’ space, Molly Fleming reports on the ongoing efforts to sustain radical queer traditions
28 October 2020
Public spaces became increasingly valued during lockdown – and increasingly policed. We must continue to reclaim and celebrate it for everyone, says Morag Rose
Power plays: the rise of game worker unions
6 October 2020
Amid global economic crisis, business is booming in the gaming industry. It's time to step up the fight for worker's rights, Emma Kinema tells Marzena Zukowska
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
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
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
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
1 August 2020
There’s nothing radical – or funny – about right-wing comedy, says Jake Laverde
How Corbyn unmasked comedy
31 July 2020
Juliet Jacques argues that the way comedians treated Jeremy Corbyn demolished their anti-establishment credentials
Lockdown live: ‘Race today’
24 June 2020
Join Red Pepper editor K Biswas and guests Paul Gilroy, Lola Olufemi, Ciaran Thapar and Joy White to discuss marginality, inequality, creativity and belonging in Britain
The spoils of playing war
28 April 2020
Video games play a key role in sustaining the global military-industrial complex, writes Marzena Zukowska
Making gaming great again
27 April 2020
With pop culture increasingly a political battlefield, Marzena Zukowska asks Carolyn Petit of Feminist Frequency how the left can leverage the momentum of video gaming
Routes to working-class solidarity
19 April 2020
In this second of a two-part series, D Hunter and John-Baptiste Oduor discuss socialism, conservatism and pathways to solidarity within and between working-class communities
Who are ‘the working class’?
17 April 2020
In this first of a two-part series, D Hunter and John-Baptiste Oduor discuss the presence and representation of working-class voices in British culture and politics
Football’s Race Stain
9 December 2019
Racism marred the Manchester derby this weekend. This blemish on the game is an echo of our Prime Minister’s words, says Remi Joseph-Salisbury.
Streaming across borders
4 October 2019
Siobhán McGuirk considers the role of companies like Netflix in widening access to the TV we consume
How television informs our ideas about class
3 October 2019
From Jeremy Kyle to Fleabag, popular television profoundly shapes our ideas about class. It’s time for alternative visions, both behind and on our screens, argues Beth Johnson.
BBC: the case for reform
1 October 2019
Perceptions of bias at the BBC are on the rise. Natalie Fenton, chair of the Media Reform Coalition, puts forward the case for reform.
Film review: Bait and switch
12 September 2019
Alex McDonald reviews new British film Bait, a socially engaged drama that uses lyricism to devastating effect.
Lowkey: Soundtrack to the struggle
10 August 2019
Ashish Ghadiali interviews British-Iraqi rapper Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, about viral videos, power in the community, the Grenfell fire and writing lyrics at the cutting edge of political debate