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"Unless you have dialogue, unless you open the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people's opinion." This excerpt from "The Hope Speech," one of the many speeches featured on Figures of Speech, encompasses the organization's work. By recreating speeches from revolutionary orators and leaders such as Angela Davis and Nelson Mandela, Figures of Speech "uses the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas." Under the Speeches tab, users can browse the 15 videos available as of this issue. Most are around ten minutes in length and feature a variety of actors recreating famous works and words. The group also has a Young Leaders section dedicated to speeches by "young people aged 16-25 with big ideas, something vital to say about the world we live in and the desire to influence positive change." In addition to watching the speeches, readers may want to check out the Reactions section, which brings together individuals to discuss and respond to some of the key speeches featured on the site. On the Explore page, users can browse additional Language & Rhetoric resources, as well resources (including speech transcripts) specific to many of the orators featured. Figures of Speech is a project of Almeida Theatre in London and is directed by Anthony Almeida.
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March 27th, 2020
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March 9th, 2020 at 10:34am
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March 10th, 2020 at 8:09am
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