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"A fantastic depiction of the conditions of the working class in modern day England."
In 1844 Friedrich Engels wrote The Condition of The Working class in England – his classic denunciation of the appalling circumstances of the working class in this country, much of it drawn from his first hand experience of Manchester and Salford. In 2012 Inside Film engaged NTT to form a company of volunteers, most of whom had never met before, to come together to look again at the condition of the working class in England today. Working from Engels’ book and their own experiences, they created a show of dramatic scenes, songs and performance poetry which Inside Film documented to create a film of the same name.
The show is a brilliant example of people coming together with fire, passion and determination to make something happen; to bring about change. The representation of the working class in the mainstream media tends to be drawn from a tabloid fantasy of clichés and stereotypes and filtered through the prejudices of middle class elites far removed from the lives of the people they are depicting. In this production this unique company gives a stark, sometimes satirical, but always honest account of the condition of the working class today.
"A brilliant torrent of abuse at all those who have brought yesterday's poverty back to today..."
Theatre Production Director
Salford Arts Theatre (Salford), Nexus Arts Cafe (Manchester), Calder Bookshop Theatre (London)