Here’s a date for your diary… On 17th December, all LibDemVoice readers are invited to join us for festive drinks at 5pm in London, followed by (for those who wish) seeing Steve Richards’ Rock ‘n Roll Politics Christmas Special.
Premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, where it earned rave reviews, here’s how Steve’s show is billed:
Award winning BBC broadcaster and columnist, Steve Richards, takes you behind the scenes of British Politics and the media, the characters, the absurdities, the tragedies. Laugh and cry as you are taken on a whirlwind tour from Harold Wilson and David Bowie in the 1970s to David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, via Paul McCartney and Tony Blair. A hit show at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival: Politics and the media all shook up…Rock N Roll Politics
I’m going and looking forward to meeting up with LibDemVoice readers for a festive drink at 5pm before the show starts at 7pm. It’s all happening at Kings Place in London (near Kings Cross / St Pancras). Members of the LibDemVoice team are currently undertaking the arduous task of testing which of the nearest hostelries would be best.
A reminder of how to let us know you’re attending… You can sign up for drinks on our Facebook page here, or via FlockTogether here. Looks like there will be a merry throng of us there, but always room for more
To book tickets for Steve Richards’ Rock ‘n Roll Politics Christmas Special please click here. There’s still a fair few free, but I guess they’ll sell out before the night so book early to avoid disappointment!
Here’s a few reviews of Steve Richards’ Edinburgh show to whet your appetites…
… in a wide-ranging, relaxed hour, which kicks off with the question “is the coalition dead?”, Richards presents his answer to the death of satire, weaving together lobby gossip, acute analysis and autobiography with questions from the floor.Topics change daily depending on the news and interests of the audience. It’s like Question Time without the annoying tub-thumping.
At a time when public outrage and displeasure with those from the world of journalism is growing, here is a seasoned political reporter telling it like it is. Others should follow where Richards is leading. When ever more young comics are trotting onto stage with nothing but hackneyed pseudo-banter (what is it you do?) or uninteresting self-analysis (like they’re are the only person ever to have a 2 year old, or to feel aged before their time), Richards is a breath of fresh air – someone with something to say and the charm to say it well. It’s non-threatening but neither is it edgeless.
In his show, Richards – who spurned the opportunity to form a double act with the comedian Harry Enfield when the pair were at York University together – argues that comedy is widening disengagement from politics. “Saying ‘they’re all a bunch of bastards, ho ho ho, aren’t we funny?’ is dangerous, because it fuels an anti-politics mood.” He also believes the relationship between politics and comedy has changed fundamentally since the 1960s satire boom. “I don’t think the old dynamic works any more, because the satirists are wealthier and more powerful than the politicians they are taking the piss out of. You know, ‘John Prescott’s fat and can’t speak English very well,’ from somebody who earns £20,000 an appearance on Have I Got News For You? and edits Private Eye, and so is more powerful than Prescott ever was, that’s not very funny.”
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.