Islands: BushGreen Live Debate

Join us in the Bush Library post-show on the 9 Feb co-curated by Action Aid where a panel of experts will discuss the question: Should offshore tax havens be made illegal and is our outrage loud enough to force change?

Entry to the debate is free when you book to see Islands on the 9 Feb.
To claim your free entry, simply select your tickets to see Islands, click continue and then choose ‘Post Show Debate’ from the green drop down menu. If you already have tickets to see Islands on 9 Feb and would like to attend the debate give box office a ring on 020 8743 3584 and they’ll be happy to book you in.


Barry Johnston (Chair)
Barry  is Head of Advocacy at ActionAid UK where he leads their work with Government and companies on their tax justice campaign, having previously worked on the issue with Christian Aid. He has also worked in the UK parliament, with Amnesty International and for the Irish Government. His campaigning has included work with the Theatre Royal Stratford, and the Irish First Fortnight mental health cultural festival.

Caroline Horton
Writer of, and performer in, Islands, Caroline Horton is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director based in Birmingham. She was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre for You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, which also won Best Solo Performer at the 2010 Stage Awards and was nominated for Best Theatre Performer 2011 at Adelaide fringe. Chrissywas shortlisted for the Holden Street Theatres Award 2010 and New Writing South Best New Play Award 2011.

Mark Donne
Mark is a writer and film-maker. His most recent feature documentary The UK Gold was nominated for the 2013 FACT Journalism Prize and will be broadcasted in the UK and Ireland later this year. His first film, the critically acclaimed The Rime of the Modern Mariner opened the 2011 SXSW Film Festival in Texas, USA.

John Christensen
John directs the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led network which spearheads global efforts to tackle tax havens.  Trained as a forensic investigator and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including a period working in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co.  For 11 years he was Economic Adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey.  In 2003 he became what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”  His research on small islands and offshore finance has been widely published in books and academic journals, and John has taken part in many films, television documentaries and radio programmes.

Vanessa Houlder
Vanessa Houlder has worked as a journalist on the Financial Times since 1988 writing about British companies,  property industry, technology, management, environment, economics and taxation. For the past ten years she has written extensively about tax policy, in the UK and internationally. Awards include prizes for investigative journalism from the Overseas Press Club of America and the Society of American Business Editor and Writers.

We are told there is no money in bananas and yet it is suggested that over $20 trillion dollars is missing, hidden away in tax havens.