Playing with Fire archiveWhen the District Council of Wyverdale fails to satisfy a government audit, New Labour high-flyer Alex is sent north from London to formulate a robust recovery plan. But websites, faith festivals and council leaflets in Bengali seem beside the point to the Labour old guard, struggling to provide the basics to an alienated and divided electorate. What begins as a metro-versus-retro comedy of misunderstanding soon becomes a chilling drama about multicultural Britain. Populist politicians play the race card, racial tensions grow and good intentions have fatal consequences.


Author: David Edgar
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Archive listings for Playing with Fire

Work type: Play.


Producer National Theatre. Producer Mark Henderson. Director Michael Attenborough. Lighting Mark Henderson. Performer Emma Fielding. Performer Oliver Ford Davies. Performer Paul Bhattacharjee. Performer Susan Brown. Performer Trevor Cooper. Performer Rudi Dharmalingham. Performer Aaron Neil. Performer Bhasker Patel. Performer Alistair Petrie. Performer Helen Rutter. Performer Rebekah Staton. Performer Ewan Stewart. Performer Caroline Strong. Performer David Troughton. Performer Deka Walmsley. Performer Kate Best. Performer Geoffrey Beevers. Performer Nick Fletcher. Performer Colin Haigh. Performer Ranjit Krishnamma. Performer Jonathan McGuinness. Performer Tony Turner. Performer Sameena Zehra.
12 Sep 05 to 22 Oct 05Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
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