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The Austerity Playbook: How Poverty was challenged in a Freedom City

Professor Laurence Ferry's work on accounting for austerity, alongside that of colleagues from Newcastle University, is being made into a theatre jazz musical play to be performed at Northern Stage Newcastle on 1 November 2017 as part of the international Freedom City festival that marks 50 years since Martin Luther King was awarded a doctorate, and gave a speech that highlighted the problems of racism, poverty and war.

The play in particular tackles the issue of poverty in the context of austerity within the North East. Located in the mythical city of Burnside in the North East of England, characters come together in a space where the human cost of austerity brings its playbook into stark view.

The performance features the collaboration between jazz composer Andrea Vicari, writer Mark O’Thomas and director André Pink, presenting a new piece of musical theatre in a workshop performance that will demonstrate how the arts can work with, alongside ground-breaking components of research.

The workshop performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artistic team and researchers.

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About Professor Laurence Ferry

Laurence is Professor in Accounting in the Business School and his research, teaching and consulting covers accounting and accountability with a specific focus on the public sector where he is a recognised international expert in public financial management.

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