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Banner Theatre has been working with the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom and the National Union of Journalists to develop Embedded with the Bankers, a new 25-minute live music and video performance, which asks the question: Why didn’t the UK media warn the British public about the impending banking collapse and recession?

It was performed at last year’s NUJ delegate meeting in Southport and Banner will also be performing the show at the TUC Congress in Manchester in September (date to be confirmed) under the auspices of the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group. They also have bookings on Friday 23 July at a local festival in Handsworth, Birmingham; on Saturday 24 July at The Drum in Birmingham; and on Wednesday 8 September in Sheffield for USDAW.

Through interviews with key experts – television journalist and writer  Paul Mason, author and journalist Nick Davies and former BBC political correspondent Nick Jones – Embedded with the Bankers charts the structural changes in UK newspapers, which have undermined the strong British tradition of investigative journalism.

This new Banner production shows how, too frequently now, news stories are dominated and controlled by the political agendas of corporate public relations and the fear of expensive libel litigation.

Embedded with the Bankers shows what’s gone wrong with the UK newspaper media at a time when they should be helping the British public to be properly informed about the key issues we face in contemporary Britain.

“A forthright production on the media’s role in the financial crisis” – Tim Gopsill, former editor of The Journalist

The show is available for booking by campaign groups, trade unions, activists and anyone else. To book the show, please contact Banner Theatre on 0845 458 1909, email or visit

There is also a DVD of the show available. To order a DVD, please send a cheque for £7.50, payable to Banner Theatre Co. Ltd, together with your address, to Banner Theatre, Oaklands Centre, Winleigh Road, Birmingham B20 2HN.