Wednesday 5 February 18:30 - 21:00

Tea House Theatre
139 Vauxhall Walk
SE11 5HL

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Debating London: when is office banter harassment?

Community & Culture

Disagreement doesn't need to be disagreeable - have a drink, hear the arguments, meet new people, and then make up your mind.

FREE of charge and open to all

Join us for Debating London, the twice-monthly free public debate series in Vauxhall where we take the edge off talking about the big issues of the day by getting our in-house teams of debaters to do the arguing and give you space to consider new ideas, meet new people, and practice public speaking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Our in-house debaters - among them corporate leaders, barristers, civil servants, journalists, and entrepreneurs - are united by a single goal: to make the best possible case for either side of the argument. We train them up, then put them to the test in front of a live audience, who decide the outcome in a public vote.

Debate motion

'This House Believes a culture of office banter is no defence for offensive language'

Find out more about this debate

  1. Why this topic has been in the news recently
  2. Why a culture of office banter IS currently a valid defence

Running order

  • Get to know other guests and find out what they think
  • Hear the club's in-house debaters present their arguments
  • Put your questions and comments to the panel
  • Vote for the speakers who have convinced you the most
  • Stick around for a drink and a chat after the debate

Learn to debate with the GDC 2020 training programme

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Learn and apply all the skills needed by a great debater from structuring arguments and thinking on your feet to engaging with audiences and answering questions.

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Put your skills to the test by speaking in public debates and receiving personalised feedback on what you're doing well and how to develop further as a debater.

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