Parallels between today and the 1980s
How the 1980s did playlists :)

How the 1980s did playlists :)

GUINEA PIGS is predominantly set in the 1980s at a period of great social change. It was the era of protest songs, political comedy and organised, visible activism.

There are many parallels between the 1980s and today; the nation was deep into Thatcher's government with vast wealth inequality, from the advent of 'Yuppies' and 'Sloanes' to the Toxteth and Brixton riots fuelled by racial and social inequality.
1980s police officer wrestles with a protester on the ground

1980s Police officer wrestles with a protester on the ground

The 1980s saw economic hardship, the arrival of a terrifying new virus and all the while, the constant threat of nuclear war with Russia loomed.

But there was also hope and energy created in the recognition of people-power

Protestors against nuclear arms and the largest women's protest since the suffragettes ultimately helped bring about the removal of US nuclear cruise missiles from Greenham Common air base. Anti-apartheid demonstrations put pressure on South Africa to release Nelson Mandela from prison bringing about the end of apartheid in S.A. The LGBTQ community supported striking Welsh miners and in turn, the miners lead the march at Pride. And at the end of the decade, the Berlin wall fell and the cold war finally ended - for what we thought was for good.
We expected the 2020s to be roaring again but instead find ourselves once more in uncertain times, with stark wealth inequalities and many perceiving their rights as being increasingly curtailed by measures such as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.With GUINEA PIGS, we seek to offer a little hope and optimism as a reminder that we all have a voice we can use to effect positive change.
2021 Protesting the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill

2021 Protesting the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill