School of Law

'How to Start a Riot' based on the research of Dr. Clifford Stott

22 October 2013 | 19:30 | Social Event
Alec Clegg Studio, stage@leeds

Why were some parts of the UK set alight in 2011, whilst many others were left untouched? Who was involved in the riots? If their actions were 'mindless', what's in the mind? How should we understand and respond to the riots to stop them from happening again?

Worklight Theatre 'How to Start a Riot' is based directly on the research of Dr. Clifford Stott, one of the UK's leading crowd psychologists. Worklight Theatre use this research to build a compelling and gripping narrative about how we, a society, reacted to and undertood the 'riots'.


The unique and compelling play is built around the inherent contradictions between the science and the hegemonic representations of cause that were given by media and politicians in the immediate wake of the riots. Their combination of physicality, light and sound floods this performance with depth and richness that helps convey the complexity of scientific theory in meaningful, accessible sometimes funny, sometimes shocking ways. ‘How To Start A Riot’ critiques the manner in which the political discourses disregarded the obvious lessons of research on crowds and in so doing opens the audience to a different way of understanding our relationship to the 2011 riots.

‘How To Stat A Riot’ is a superb experience that is not to be missed. The performance at stage@leeds is the company’s last on their national tour. The performance will be followed by a discussion where the group, Dr Stott, the playwright, performers and audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play, the research that informed its creation, the 2011 'riots' and the social contexts in which they occurred.

Tickets £12.00 (£9.00 students & concessions)
Available in person from the stage@leeds box office
By telephone: 0113 343 8730

Full details are available on the online brochure 


flyer for the event [pdf]

Location Details

Alec Clegg Studio, stage@leeds (this is number 31 on the campus map) It is located in the centre of campus, behind the Student Union Building.

How to get to the University.

There is limited car-parking available on campus at a charge of £5.00.

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