Jeremy Corbyn’s position in the public consciousness is, to say the least, divisive. Heralded by many as the savior of left wing politics, and the true voice of a young and disenfranchised section of society; galvanized by his down to earth approach. He is equally lambasted as a communist sympathiser with a cavalier attitude towards the political status quo.
Leicester based performance poet Jess Green and her band the Mischief Thieves (Dave Morris on drums, Scott Cadenhead on guitar, Emily Kerrison on violin, and Rachel Brown on trumpet) have pinned their colours firmly to the mast with new show, A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn.
This new performance work was born out of Jess’s long-time support of the Labour Party, which took root in her student years in Liverpool.
“It’s just quite an interesting city to live in for a few years and kind of be a part of all of that; and I was quite involved in my local Labour party then. Then of course the Tories got in in 2010 and I think it was at this point that being a Labour party member really had a purpose.”
This support was revitalised by their new leader. “This show is based on my second collection, of the same name, which is coming out in July. And, it’s about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and my love hate relationship with the Labour Party; I have found it quite difficult being a Labour Party member over the past ten years when I just felt like I was constantly apologising for them and I was embarrassed by and disappointed in them and then, Jeremy Corbyn came along and I feel that a lot less these days.”
Going on to talk about the show, Jess comments: “It’s a reflection on how we’ve got to this point over the past 5 years since Jeremy Corbyn. It deals with some of the worst things that the Tories have done to society, to the most vulnerable people in society. It kind of touches on elements of the Me Too campaign. So there are some quite serious elements, but I think there are real shades of light and dark. The music’s brilliant – really lively. So it’s a mix of political commentary and comedy and music but I think overall it’s quite fun and hopeful as well; because we have to be hopeful.”
As an established member of Leicester’s literary community, Jess reflects on the benefits of being based in the city
“I think in general Leicester is just on such an upward trajectory. There’s businesses that are popping up and staying open and with that there’s a developing arts scene and music scene and live literature scene. I just think that’s wonderful. It is not the city that I came back to in 2011 and it’s certainly not the city that I left for university in 2007; it’s just entirely different and I won’t hear a bad word against Leicester these days.”
A Self Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn will be in the Curve Studio on the 20th July