Join us for the next Kitchen Revolution supper club – an intimate evening of dinner, debate and dissent, curated by Belarus Free Theatre

On 30 November, Belarus Free Theatre will host the next Kitchen Revolution supper club, chaired by award-winning author and journalist Laurie Penny and co-editor of the New Internationalist Hazel Healey and featuring provocateurs Tamasin Cave, Director of SpinWatch, and leading Left-wing protester Jamie Kelsey-Fry.

Kitchen Revolution is a series of evenings that combine supper and secrecy, all served with a dash of sedition. The theme of this evening is ‘Is our democracy being sold to the highest bidder?’ Over a feast of home-cooked Georgian food and wine, guests will discuss the dangers of crony capitalism and corporate lobbying, and ask whether art can help repair a political system corrupted by money and vested interests.

Laurie Penny is an award-winning journalist, essayist and activist, and the author of six books, including Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults and Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution. She is Contributing Editor of the New Statesman, and also writes on politics, feminism, social justice and pop culture for The Guardian, the New York Times, Salon, Vice and Buzzfeed, among others.

Hazel Healy began her working life as a researcher with Colombian feminists in Medellin, and went on to do advocacy work with refugees from the Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan. She took up journalism full time in 2007, co-founding the online investigative paper Manchester Mule and joining the New Internationalist as co-editor in 2011.

Tamasin Cave is a director of SpinWatch and leads the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency coalition, which is campaigning for a statutory register of lobbyists. She co-authored (with Andy Rowell) the book A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain, and also writes for the Guardian and OpenDemocracy.

Jamie Kelsey-Fry is a leading Left-wing protester, regular news commentator, former schoolteacher and author of The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit. He is known in particular for his work with the Occupy movement and with anti-fracking protests. He serves on the advisory board for the International Modern Media Institute, and on the board of trustees for the UK Climate Coalition.

In the dark days of the Soviet Union, dissidents and intellectuals would gather in each other’s homes to talk, argue and dream about one thing – freedom. These whispered conversations, which would have been deemed treasonous if held in public, ultimately coalesced into actions that helped overthrow the repressive Soviet system. This was nicknamed the ‘kitchen revolution’.

Decades later and a world away, Britain’s hard-won freedoms are being eroded, as too many of us sink into political apathy, and a stultifying conservatism envelops the creative arts. It’s time for a new and more public kitchen revolution, time to turn up the volume on the kitchen table whispers of the past, and to encourage everyone to consider how artists should respond when democracy comes under threat.

Belarus Free Theatre presents Kitchen Revolution 

Theme: ‘Is our democracy being sold to the highest bidder?’

Date: Thursday 30 November 2017 

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

Location: E3. Guests will be given a meeting point, from where you'll will be escorted to the secret venue.

Price: £25 per head.  Tickets include a feast of Georgian food and complimentary wine.

Please let us know if you have any allergies or special access requirements, by emailing [email protected].

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