Special Events

The Riots: Talkback Sessions

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after a performance of The Riots, there will be a chance to share your views on the August riots, and what should be done going forward.

Speakers include:

Friday 18 November

Andy Stone: A long-time Hackney resident and a teacher of history and politics at a sixth form college in Clapham.

Monday 21 November

Shiv Malik: A news journalist for the Guardian and the co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth.

Dr Rob Berkeley: Director of Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think-tank.

Roger Graef OBE: Filmmaker, criminologist and writer. Many of Roger’s films and books are about policing, youth crime and social problems. He is a Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Institute of Criminology at
the LSE, and author of Living Dangerously: young offenders in their own words, and Talking Blues: police in their own words. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Race for the Met Police, and has made many films on race and policing.

Wednesday 23 November

Paul Lewis: Special Projects Editor at the Guardian. Paul reported extensively from the riots, and is now heading an academic research project into the causes and consequences of the disturbances with the London School of Economics entitled Reading the Riots

Jacob Sakil: Young Mayor of Lewisham for 2009/2010. Jacob currently is doing a business course, has his own radio show and continues to be actively involved in his community, supporting and representing the views and aspirations of young people.

Friday 25 November

Karyn McCluskey: Director of Violence Reduction for Scotland- a police unit who view violence as a disease and use a public health model to achieve long term sustainable change.

Superintendent Leroy Logan MBE: A 28 year veteran, with a wealth of experience of public service in making safer and stronger communities.

Reeta Chakrabarti: One of the BBC’s Education and Social Policy correspondents. She has worked in many areas of news, including reporting on politics at Westminster.

Monday 28 November

Professor Tim Newburn: A Professor of Criminology and Social Policy and Head of the Social Policy Department, London School of Economics. Tim is currently involved in Reading The Riots, a new joint study between the LSE and the Guardian researching the causes and consequences of the recent riots.

Owen Jones: Author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and past trade union parliamentary researcher.

Wednesday 30 November

Symeon Brown: Currently senior researcher on the Guardian and London School of Economics collaborative study into the riots, Reading The Riots. He also has a background in community organising in Tottenham.

Gus John: An Associate Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and was Chair of the Moss Side Defence Committee followed the civil unrest there in 1981.

Friday 2 December

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown MBE: A Ugandan-born British journalist and author, regular columnist for The Independent and the Evening Standard, and a well-known commentator on issues of immigration, diversity and multiculturalism.

Jude Lanchin: Criminal Defence Solicitor at Bindmans LLP. She currently defends a number of people charged following the August riots and previously worked for the Broadwater Farm Defence Committee set up after the 1985 Tottenham riots. Jude also represents student and other protesters and specialises in ‘street crime’.

John McDonnell MP for Hayes & Harlington.

Monday 5 December

Symeon Brown: Currently senior researcher on the Guardian and London School of Economics collaborative study into the riots, Reading The Riots. He also has a background in community organising in Tottenham.

Roger Graef OBE: Filmmaker, criminologist and writer. Many of Roger’s films and books are about policing, youth crime and social problems. He is a Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Institute of Criminology at the LSE, and author of Living Dangerously: young offenders in their own words, and Talking Blues: police in their own words. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Race for the Met Police, and has made many films on race and policing.

Wednesday 7 December

The People Speak (TPS) are a London-based arts collective who engage people from different backgrounds, bringing them together to have lively conversation and debate. On Wednesday 7th December The People Speak will set up Talkaoke – a spontaneous talk-show and think tank where anyone can sit down and air their views.

This summer’s riots have dominated a number of recent Talkaoke sessions in many different contexts; in Talkaoke studio sessions, at the National Theatre and in shopping centres. Many people feel that the mass media coverage and discussion around these events has been superficial. Tell us what you think !

Talkaoke will be on before the play – 6.30pm to 8pm, in the interval and 10.15pm til close around 11pm. You don’t need to see the play to take part in the Talkaok.

Friday 9 December

Sadie King: A freelance social researcher and Chair of campaign ‘Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth’.

Joshua Neicho: Letters editor and features writer for the London Evening Standard. Josh also does spoken word and loves walking the streets of London.

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