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Real life stories of courage, conscience and grassroots political action take to the stage in the build up to the General Election

Conceived and directed by Chris Goode
UK Tour 10 Apr – 6 Jun | Battersea Arts Centre 20 Apr - 9 May

“A theatre-maker who’s up there with the very best” The Guardian on Chris Goode
As the nation prepares to go to the polls, Chris Goode and Company present the UK tour of STAND, including shows at Battersea Arts Centre in the week of the general election.


Drawn from real life stories of courage and conscience from ordinary people, STAND examines what makes people elect to take a stand for what they believe in. For STAND Chris Goode interviewed six ordinary people and captured stories of the extraordinary moments in everyday life that prove the power people have to change their corner of the world.

Presented as a co-production with Oxford Playhouse, who last year staged the show in a community centre as part of its Playhouse Plays Out strand, STAND comes to BAC as part of its Taking a Stand Season, a two-month series of politically engaged shows and events as well as A Nation’s Theatre, a year-long season shining a light on theatre from across the UK. 

Six actors portray six real life activists – or at least, six people who have chosen to act. The ideas to which they are devoted could hardly be bigger or more important. They’re ideas about how we make for ourselves a better, more sustainable future; how we live more equitably alongside those with whom we share our planet; how we protect from harm the places that tell us who we are; how we build our families and communities and raise our kids to have an instinct for bravery and kindness. And, most importantly perhaps, how we keep moving forward in the face of greed and corruption, and our own doubt and fear


Speaking about the show, Chris Goode said “In the run-up to May 7th, the question of what we and others stand for -- and what we won't stand for -- becomes ever more pertinent and more pressurized. I hope STAND can be a radically different light to shine on that question."