The People Speak –

Invited to recording of  The People Speak. The UK publication based on Howard Zinn’s US version outlining the strong speeches and representations made by “ordinary” people to help bring about democracy or increased rights for different communities. It was filmed for Channel 4 and will be worth watching again as there were so many strong performances throughout the night. From James Connolly to Shakespeare and the sung testimony from a working woman from the late 18th Century it was a rich night in terms of things to think about. Sir Ian McKellen performed a piece about Strangers in our Midst and that alone made the night memorable. The opening sequence had 3 unnamed performers sing a testimony about working conditions for woman in the 1780’s and you could have heard a pin drop – beautiful and elegaic: we would all have loved to hear more.

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