1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. Let those on the continent cooperate and hug and kiss each other on the ruddy cheek. Here in Britain, one party governs and we get things done.
It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. A minority government? No one with any sense or gumption gives you more than a matter of weeks. You're gonna fall, and fast, and hard. So start finding things to land on. Now.
Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. The National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.Performers Ian Barritt (Ensemble), William Chubb (Humphrey Atkins), Giles Cooper (Fred Silvester), Stephen Critchlow (Ensemble), James Gaddas (Walter Harrison), Natalie Grady (Ann Taylor), Ian Houghton (Ensemble), David Hounslow (Joe Harper), Harry Kershaw (Ensemble), Louise Ludgate (Ensemble), Geoffrey Lumb (Ensemble), Nicholas Lumley (Oxshott/Belfast West/St Helens/Ensemble), Martin Marquez (Bob Mellish), Matthew Pidgeon (Jack Weatherill), Miles Richardson (Speaker Act 1/Mansfield/Serjeant at Arms Act II/West Lothian/Ensemble), Tony Turner (Michael Cocks), Orlando Wells (Ensemble).
Author James Graham. Producer Nica Burns. Producer Caro Newling (for Neal Street Productions). Producer Headlong Theatre (in association with onathan Church Productions). Director Jeremy Herrin.