Trevor Griffiths’ 1975 play ‘Comedians’ took a serious look at what makes us laugh, and why. In a political era where comedians, journalists, and politicians are often the same people, it has something to teach us.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on how the arts shaped his worldview, why it shouldn’t become a preserve of the rich – and the need to support culture workers fighting the crisis in their industry.
This week, Rishi Sunak created a storm when he suggested arts workers find other jobs – but the comment wasn’t just a slip, it was reflective of a government that is overseeing the slow death of Britain’s culture sector.
The newspaper columns of Paul B. Preciado combine queer history and a sober account of the last decade of left advance.
In the best of the party’s traditions, Labour’s manifesto for this election promises to open up the arts to those from all backgrounds – breaking a cycle which increasingly restricts cultural expression to an elite.
South American poet Néstor Perlongher’s work imagined a solidarity based on “a multitude of comrades, each more extravagant than the next.”
The leftist poet Rafael Alberti was forced into exile by Franco, but his determination to return symbolised the hopes of the Spanish Republic.
João Moreira Salles’ In The Intense Now shows how the revolutionaries of the sixties used — and were used by — the media.
As a socialist playwright, revolutionary president, and exile from the Nazis, Ernst Toller’s life and work demonstrated the importance of conviction in creativity.
As the LGBT community makes progress on legal rights, its politics are haunted by those who asked more radical questions.