Professor Esther Johnson’s ‘a ROLE to PLAY’ to screen at VIVID Projects in Birmingham, 19th – 21st May

A powerful short film by Professor Esther Johnson titled a ROLE to PLAY will screen at VIVID projects in Birmingham for the PUT PEOPLE FIRST programme that shares stories of contemporary workers struggles.

a ROLE to PLAY (2019) was co-commissioned by Animate Projects and Junction Arts as part of the WORK project. The film tells stories of the impact of economic changes in post-industrial Bolsover, a Derbyshire constituency where coal was once king, and features Bolsover Freedom Community Project food bank users and volunteers, adult reading group members, and former Bolsover MP (1970-2019) Dennis Skinner.

a ROLE to PLAY will be accompanied by two 1980’s campaign videos made by Birmingham’s Trade Union Resource Centre (TURC): PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT (1988) and PUT PEOPLE FIRST (1983).

Screenings take place from 1-5pm on Thursday 19 May — Saturday 21 May, at Vivid Projects, 16, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT.

Further information on work by Esther can be found via the links here.