The Reality Gap


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A panel discussion exploring 'The Reality Gap'; the distance between what established politicians tell voters and the perceived realities of everyday people in the US and UK. The discussion is in association with Squint theatre company and will be chaired by Squint Artistic Director Andrew Whyment, with contributions from a panel of expert political commentators including BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse, Sarah Churchwell and David Goodhart.

2016 was a year of political change on both sides of the Atlantic. Squint theatre company were up close to events in America, travelling over 4,000 miles interviewing voters from across the political divide to research their forthcoming production. On the week of the UK's general election, they have brought together expert political commentators to discuss how cognitive dissonance, broken promises and the erosion of trust led to the election of Donald Trump.

Squint is a London-based theatre company that asks big questions about the world through exhilarating and provocative new work. Their distinctive, ensemble-driven productions collide new writing, music, movement and multimedia to create visceral and highly visual experiences. Squint research journalistically, develop collaboratively and rehearse playfully.

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