Performance Live: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere

Performance Live: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere



I was hoping Paul Mason's theatrical take on the last few years of global protest and disorder might be something special. Mason was a good correspondent for Newsnight and Channel 4 News, but his first career was as an academic and that side of him emerges here in what feels like a bit of a lecture.

In fact it's a televising of the play he performed with actors at The Young Vic theatre, in which he asks, "How did we get from a mass outbreak of global protest and hope and optimism [the Arab Spring and Occupy movements] to Donald Trump?"

As an eyewitness to crises in Greece, Turkey and elsewhere, Mason is well-placed to give an answer but instead offers dubious dictums like "Truth will always travel faster than lies" or "You can't de-network people's brains". Even so, there are powerful moments and it’s good to see a bold attempt to look big, troubling events in the eye and make sense of them.


Kirsty Wark presents a live broadcast of former economics editor of Channel 4 News and BBC's Newsnight Paul Mason's `popular protest' performance, which has been playing at the Young Vic since late March. In his production, which is based on his 2012 book of the same name, Mason outlines to audiences his very personal account of how the world progressed from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. Khalid Abdalla, Sirine Saba and Lara Sawalha also star.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kirsty Wark
Performer Paul Mason
Performer Khalid Abdalla
Performer Sirine Saba
Performer Lara Sawalha
Performer Gunnar Cauthery
Director Tim van Someren
Director David Lan
Editor Perry Bellisario
Executive Producer Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer Martin Dance
Producer Ben Cooper
Producer Gavin Kalin
Series Producer Andrew Fettis
Writer Paul Mason
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