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MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:18 pm
by jimmywizz
One of the most controversial and cutting edge plays of the decade is heading to London in April to mark the 25th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.



Maggie’s End, which is sponsored by NUM North East Area, the RMT, UNITE and the GMB, is a dark comedy that begins with the death of Margaret Thatcher.



It will be performed for two weeks from April 6 to 18 at the 500-seat Shaw Theatre in Euston Road, an off West End venue near Kings Cross railway station.



Written by internationally acclaimed playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, Maggie’s End premiered at the Gala theatre in Durham, October 2007, and attracted nearly 2,000 people to its sell-out performances.



The play was inspired by press reports that the New Labour government is making plans to give Baroness Thatcher a state funeral when she dies.



Trevor Wood said: “When we first heard these reports we thought that they were a bit of political kite-flying and that the idea would be quietly buried but they’ve since re-surfaced.



“There’s little doubt that most Labour supporters would see a state funeral for Margaret Thatcher as the ultimate betrayal by their party and that to acknowledge her in this way would re-open many of the sores of the 1980s.



“We wanted to explore what the possible repercussions of this could be, particularly in the north of England, where many communities were decimated during the Thatcher years.



“In the play, a former militant campaigner’s sense of outrage over the betrayal brings him into conflict with his only daughter, who has risen through the ranks to become a senior minister in the New Labour government, and threatens to destroy his family.”



Mr Wood continued: “Despite Mrs Thatcher’s death being the catalyst for the play, Maggie’s End is really about the legacy of Thatcherism and examines how far the New Labour government has travelled from its traditional roots.”



The play will mark the 25th anniversary of the miners’ strike, which ran from March 12, 1984, until March 3, 1995.



Davey Hopper, NUM North East Area secretary, said: “Maggie’s End is a great play and we wanted to bring it to the capital.



“The British public should never forget the despicable role the Thatcher government played in destroying mining communities as well as the shipyards, steel mills and other industries.”



He added: “We got fantastic help from London-based miners support groups during the strike and we look forward to seeing everyone involved with them again.”



Maggie’s End, which will be directed by Jack Milner, runs from April 6 to April 18 at the Shaw theatre, Euston. Tickets cost £15 to £11 and are on sale now. Contact the box office on 0871 594 3123.or book online. 0



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For further details

Google: “Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood”

Google: “Maggie’s End”

Google: “Jack Milner”



MAGGIE’S END REVIEWS



“Wonderful… as controversial as it is funny… go and see it” - Daily Mirror



“A play which will resonate with many… some wonderful comic touches” - Evening Chronicle (A four-star review)



“A daring play… cannot fail to strike a chord with audiences” - The Journal



“Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and sure to be a popular all over the country…top Marx” – The Northern Echo



“A play that’ll put the fire back in your belly. A darkly comic satire with great humour and equal measures of passion” - Morning Star



“Fascinating… their best work yet”- Shields Gazette



“Destined for a national stage” - Sunderland Echo



“Powerful and fast-moving with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments” - Durham Times



“A compelling view of contemporary British politics…liberally sprinkled with classic one-liners, the dialogue was realistic, the humour dark and the plot well constructed” –Darlington & Stockton Times



Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood



Over the past 12 months Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood have had plays performed in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland - Dirty Dusting, Waiting For Gateaux and Son of Samurai, the latter was also performed at the prestigious Latitude Festival.



In the first six months of 2009 the following four plays by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood will be professionally performed:



Dirty Dusting: New Zealand, Australia (40 theatres already confirmed) and the UK (Liverpool Royal Court, March 13 to April 11).



Maggie’s End: London, Shaw Theatre, April 6 to April 18.



Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather: World premiere at the Gala theatre, Durham, April 16 to 26. A comedy about West Auckland, the County Durham football team who won the first soccer world cup in April 1909 (a true story!).



The Revengers: UK tour – kicks off @ Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, on June 8.

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:29 pm
by Globalmyths
WHAT THEY KILL OFF THE IRON LADY. THATS HITTING HER A BIT BELOW HER IRON CHASTITY BELT INIT?

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:04 pm
by shadowplay
there will be some almighty cheering when she finally does d*e

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:25 am
by Jarrow Pete
I wish we had her back as Prime Minister now. No way would she have allowed Europe to walk all over us as they now do, she would also have put an end to the threats to this country by militant Muslims.

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:38 pm
by rossinisbird
You mean like the success she had with those militant Catholics?

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:45 pm
by rossinisbird
And her joining of the ERM and signing the Single European Act was one in the eye for Europe too. :twisted:

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:21 pm
by denis
i am waiting for the death of ARTHER SCARGILL ?ON OR OFF THE STAGE

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:24 pm
by isomache
aye there will be a massive turn up at her funeral from the north east just to make sure she is dead. As one polititian said "she was just misunderstood" b**locks

Re: MARGARET THATCHER DIES ON STAGE

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:49 am
by curly
rossinisbird wrote:And her joining of the ERM and signing the Single European Act was one in the eye for Europe too. :twisted:
Since Norman Lamont got us out of the ERM, not a single UK politician has been keen on getting us back in to it.

Isn't that profound?