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Working Class Heroes

April 2018

A weekend of conversations and live events to celebrate working class talent.


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On screen and behind the camera, working-class talent has created some of the finest moments in British cinema. This unique day of events and screenings will pay tribute to the gifted modern actors and filmmakers who built their careers without contacts or cheque books to become role models.

Live onstage interviews will spotlight award-winning figures who broke onto the screen from working-class backgrounds. Actors and filmmakers including Lesley Manville, Maxine Peake, Asif Kapadia, Johnny Harris, Daniel Mays, Naomi Ackie, Cathy Tyson, Craig Parkinson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce will all be present to talk about their careers and offer guidance to anyone building their own.

Elsewhere in the schedule, more live events will feature representatives from leading drama schools, casting directors and industry decision makers – while panel discussions will unpick the complex matter of what it means to be working class in 21st-century Britain. And the day is completed by a series of screenings of key films. The result will be a celebration that ends with a question - can working-class talent still thrive in British film in 2018 and, if not, what needs to change?

Onstage events are ticketed individually at £5/£3 for under 25s. A multi-ticket offer is also available including 4 onstage events for £10/£6 for under 25s, available by calling the box office on 020 7928 3232 or in person.

Please note the screenings of Shifty, Second Coming and Mona Lisa can be booked separately - tickets £6.50 or £3 (U25s).

Friday 13 April

Saturday 14 April

The Blue Room will be open throughout the day as a free and informal space to meet, relax and exchange ideas. From lunchtime, representatives of drama schools including RADA will be available to talk to young actors. In the afternoon, there will be free screenings, including the acclaimed documentary The Acting Class, starring Maxine Peake and Christopher Eccleston, attended by directors Deirdre O’Neill and Mike Wayne.


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