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Spoken Truths...

By David Russell , January 2015

David decided to focus his research on the 'unspoken truths of the social sector': from how beneficiaries are often excluded from boards of charities and funders to how public schools which cement social inequality are still considered to be charitable institutions.

His research explores just some of these 'truths', in the hope that in speaking of them, they can be discussed and debated. For if they remain unspoken, nothing is ever likely to change.

Rather than write up his findings in a report, he thought it would be more engaging for you, and more interesting for him, to present his research as verbatim theatre – spoken words as the spoken word.

Spoken Truths… is an audio recording of the live performance of the verbatim theatre piece that David, a 2013 Clore Social Fellow, delivered as his research project on 4th December 2014 at Sandys Row Synagogue, London E1. The first voice that you hear is his. You will then hear the voices of two actors, Felicity Finch and Rick Warden, who amplify the respondents that I interviewed on the topic. The performance is directed by Rachel Grunwald. The script was supervised by Helena Thompson. Any errors, omissions, exaggerations are his own!

Listen to Spoken Truths here

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