From Jonathan Swift to Spitting Image: How Can Political Satire Shape Politics?

Date: 09 Jun, 2012 - 28 May, 2012 Date: 09 Jun, 2012 - 28 May, 2012 Time: 19:00
Location: The Chapel at Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow

From Jonathan Swift to Spitting Image: How Can Political Satire Shape Politics?

Leviathan is delighted to announce a very special show on political satire at the Borris House Hay Festival on Saturday June 9th as part of the Éigse Arts Festival.

Hosted by author, playwright and co-creator of the legendary, even mythical, Scrap Saturday radio series, Gerry Stembridge; this fascinating public conversation will also feature Spitting Image producer, John Lloyd; political satirist and comedian, Abie Philbin-Bowman; broadcaster Margaret E Ward and TV writer, Langerland co-creator and member of Twitter royalty, Colm Tobin (not Colm Toibín!). The talk will be complemented by some fine examples of polticial satire on screen.

What does good political satire achieve? Is it all for the amusement of the citizenry or is there a political goal behind the mischief? What are the best examples of political satire achieving a political end? What makes us laugh, what works and what doesn’t? And what are our favourites in cartoon, film, television, books and radio shows?

Tickets €9