Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere (2017)
This is the story of the networked generation. How did we get from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the dislocation of the present day? Journalist Paul Mason teams up with Young Vic artistic director David Lan for this powerful and challenging new show based on Paul’s acclaimed book. Performed by Paul Mason, Khalid Abdalla, Lara Sawalha and Sirine Saba in promenade with stunning video designs - the play ran for four performances between 28 and 30 April 2017 at the Maria, Young Vic Theatre. The show was broadcast on 22 July 2017 BBC Television as part of Performance Live.
Divine Chaos of Starry Things (2017)
Paris 1871: A revolt takes control of a global city. In the final days, working class women – from seamstresses to teachers to sex workers – choose to take up arms, desperate to defend the freedoms they have won. Their attempt fails and these female revolutionaries are exiled to remote New Caledonia. As hopes of escape fade, their fate collides with that of the island's indigenous people, also simmering with revolt. Some women will compromise with their new reality, but one is determined to resist to the bitter end. Based on the memoirs of 19th century feminist icon Louise Michel, Paul Mason’s play asks: what happens when downtrodden people experience the transformative power of mass action, only to be defeated?
Culture in the Era of Global System Failure
What happens when the global systems that we once thought permanent break down? And what does it mean for cultural production in the 21st Century? Paul Mason & Sam Williams present a simulation of global system failure and invites participants to discuss what global system failure will mean for artists, theatremakers, and the art forms that are likely to emerge. Rote Salon, Volksbuhne Berlin, 11 November 2017 and 19 April 2018.