18 September 2018

The Orwell Foundation will be bringing its immersive performance, which asks searching questions about homelessness today, to La Générale in Paris on 28th September from 2pm until 6pm followed by a policy debate from 6:30-8pm. The performance will take place in both French and English.

Orwell wrote Down and Out in Paris and London as a result of his own experiences sleeping rough and working on what would now be called zero-hours contracts in hotel kitchens. The dramatised reading draws on other pieces of writing by Orwell, including his diariesThe Spike and A Clergyman’s Daughter. Modern stories from the streets will be woven into the original text, alongside poems specially comissioned from three contemporary poets. Readers will include writers, activists, politicians, and young people who have been homeless.

ULIP’s Dr Anna-Louise Milne will be joining the performance and participating in the policy debate, which promises to be of timely interest to our students as they embark again on a new year of study drawing on their lived experience of the city of Paris. 

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