Protest Song

Author(s): Tim Price Company: We Light Up The House Running time: 1h 10min approx Age recommendation: 12+ years

Inspired by the true story of Jimmy McMahon, the Big Issue seller who became an icon of hope in the Occupy London movement, Protest Song tells the story of rough sleeper, Danny, who in the lead up to Christmas wakes up to find himself surrounded by a canvas city of protesters on his patch.

In an era of austerity, Occupy London set up camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral, bringing food tents and nourishment, and Danny finds himself swept up in the movement. When one day, Danny is handed a microphone and speaks in front of a cheering crowd, for the first time he feels listened to and has purpose.

In a matter of time, the protests end, the food tents close and the local homeless community are angry, leaving Danny caught between two worlds: the activists, and his homeless family.


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