The Gate theatre has launched a new In Conversation series of talks to give a deeper insight into the ideas explored in its work. Forthcoming speakers include David Lammy MP and Paul Mason, author and former Economics Editor at Channel 4.

In Conversation: David Lammy will take place on Monday 22 January following the evening performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. The event will explore questions such as why people riot, the politics of the judicial system, and the relationship between politicians and communities in times of unrest.

David Lammy has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000, and in the 2017 General Election was re-elected for the sixth time with 82% of the vote. In January 2016, David was asked to lead an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in our criminal justice system by David Cameron. The Lammy Review was published in September 2017, and included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for Government and the criminal justice sector. David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots, an analysis of the long-standing causes of the 2011 riots. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Statesman and others, and appears regularly on television and radio.

Actress Nina Bowers will play 19 roles in the new production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. The play, directed by Ola Ince, opens on 11 January (press night 15 January)

This is a city at war with its own children.
When the policemen accused of assaulting young, black taxi driver Rodney King were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA, laying bare the recurring pattern of racial oppression and police brutality in America.
For this ground-breaking piece of verbatim theatre, Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992. These are their words.

In Conversation: Paul Mason will take place on Monday 5 March following the evening performance of Trust.

The event will explore how the personal is political, what it means for one country to break up with 27 others and what it would take to break out of our current economic system.

Paul is the author of several books including Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere - an account of the networked uprisings of 2011, which was adapted for the stage at the Young Vic and, PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - a bestseller now translated into 16 languages in 2016. Paul joined Channel 4 News in 2013, and covered Greece, the Gaza war and the Scottish referendum. In 2015, he produced a documentary series about the first six months of Syriza in Greece: #ThisIsACoup - for Field of Vision. Paul has also been a consultant on the movie Jason Bourne, started a blog called Mosquito Ridge and appeared regularly as a commentator and analyst on Brexit, Trump and Corbyn.

Trust, Falk Richter’s anarchic celebration of broken relationships, complex negotiations and the tyranny of capitalism opens on 22 February (press night 26 February). Jude Christian's production asks the question; are we really going to settle for a system that we can’t trust?

It’s about me. It’s not about you.
Leave or stay. Speak up or keep silent. Slam the door or keep the peace. Walk out tonight or stick it out for another week, a month, a year. Drain your bank account and get out while you still can or keep on saving for the holiday, the house, the car. Destroy all existing structures and begin entirely again – or get hitched to the person who betrayed you. Begin a revolution or just keep calm and carry on – things aren’t so bad, are they?

In Conversation events free but ticketed.

Book online at or by calling the Gate Theatre box office on 020 7229 0706.

Listings Information
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
11 January – 3 February at 7.30pm
Wednesday matinees at 3pm on 24 Jan & 31 Jan
Saturday matinees at 3pm on 20, 27 Jan & 3 Feb
Young People’s Night - £7.50 for Under 26s on 26 Jan
Captioned performance on 1 February

22 February – 17 March at 7.30pm
Wednesday matinees at 3pm on 7 & 14 March
Saturday matinees at 3pm on 3, 10 & 17 March
Young People’s Night - £7.50 for Under 26s on 9 March
Captioned performance on 6 March

Ticket prices
Tickets £10 - £20 (concessions available)
Phone 020 7229 0706

The Gate Theatre
11 Pembridge Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3HQ