Drag out your Lycra legwarmers and Greenham Common Songbook. This is the 1980s like you’ve never seen it before. Or. Exactly like you saw it before.
What do you get if you cross all of the words of Margaret Thatcher’s public speeches from the 80s with all of the words of every top ten hit by a female artist from the 1980s and look at them through the filter of American Tan tights?
Mars.tarrab explode, expand and explore political texts and pop lyrics to ask questions about power and influence, the female voice, memory creating and seeing your Dad in tears on election night 1979.
Two similar scenarios played out 10,000 miles apart have very different consequences in Bilimankhwe Arts retelling of Love on Trial, which intercuts Stanley Kenani’s Caine Prize-nominated story of illegal homosexuality in Malawi with the press frenzy surrounding British singer George Michael’s 1998 arrest for ‘lewd conduct’ in an LA public toilet.
Sex toys are seducing the high street. Fifty Shades is dominating the bestseller lists. Britain has truly pried apart the thighs of oppression and entered a brave new kinky world... or has it? Underneath the covers of our new-found liberation, politics is flirting outrageously with our right to a private life.