The Angry Brigade
by James Graham
1 October – 2 November
“It’s coming. To the streets of London. The flames are going to rise.”
‘The Angry Brigade’ was a small cell of left-wing, anti-elitist urban guerillas in 1970s Britain. They emerged in a society blighted by government cuts, high unemployment, austerity measures and deregulation, at a time of global political and cultural upheaval: riots and revolutions, the black-power and women’s lib movements, protests against the war in Vietnam.
Carrying out a series of bombings that targeted property rather than people, they attacked high-profile symbols of the ‘class enemy’: the Embassies of far-right regimes, the homes of Conservative MPs, banks, police stations – even the BBC’s outside broadcast unit covering the Miss World pageant.
Blending fact and fiction, this whip-smart comedy-thriller focuses on the opposing sides of the conflict. In a basement office at Scotland Yard, four police officers are trying to work out who’s blowing up high-profile targets. In a filthy squat in north London, four young anarchists are plotting the revolution. But perspectives shift and change with unexpected outcomes.
This sharp, funny look at political activism poses questions that are both topical and relevant: when does one person’s freedom fighter become another person’s terrorist? And what is the tipping point that turns anger into armed protest?
Neither a history play nor a biopic, it rather sheds light on our contemporary times, with many social, economic and political similarities between the two periods, and investigates the nature of protest and of political discontent.
“An explosive account of ideological war” The Guardian
Director Alex Bryant-Smith
Set & Costume Designer Sallyanne Facer
Sound Designer Glenn Braithwaite
Visual Designer Andrew Langcake
Voice & Dialect Coach Amanda Stephens Lee
Assistant Director & Production Manager Mark G Nagle
Stage Managers Isabella Milkovitsch, Isabelle Nader
Benjamin Balte, Will Bartolo
Sonya Kerr, Nicholas Papademetriou
Kelly Robinson, Davey Seagle
Previews 1 & 2 Oct 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 3 Oct 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sat 2 Nov 2pm only
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20
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