How to Start a Riot
Nifty political piece that fizzes with questions and ideas
This article is from 2012.
Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of the police sparked last summer’s riots: four days of violent disorder and looting all over England. But, as Worklight Theatre point out, sparks don’t catch without fuel and flames don’t spread without fanning.
This nifty little scruffball of a show doesn’t really detail that social context and it sometimes looks a little dazed, but there’s enough delicate probing at the established narrative to get you thinking.
David Cameron’s ‘mindless violence’ soundbite is interrogated, with patterns ruling out the requisite randomness for mindlessness, and different flashpoints are shown to have different targets: the police, the wealthy, faceless high-street brands.
Michael Woodman, performing alongside Joe Sellman-Leava and Callum Elliot-Archer, has clearly had his worldview turned around by recent events and the soft-spoken 23 year-old has started to question the state’s benevolence and perspicacity. The real beauty of How to Start a Riot is watching that embryonic thought process unfurl itself: a young brain starting to fizz with questions and inceptive ideas.
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