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Today: Are the poor badly portrayed on stage and screen?

May 1st, 2015

Episode 328 of 1744 episodes

In the 50s and 60s films like Ken Loach's Kes and plays like Friday Night Saturday Morning confronted the realities of working class life and poverty in parts of the UK. But more recent portrayals have been described as Poverty Porn - Benefits Street and Shameless have focused on the working class as feckless. Have the salt of the earth become the scum of the earth? A play opening at the National Theatre today, Beyond Caring, focuses on the lives of three cleaners on zero hour contracts. Alexander Zeldin is the writer and director of Beyond Caring and Sam Lay is an academic and author of British Social Realism: From Documentary to Brit Grit.

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