A Modest Little Man archiveMay 1945. Britain celebrates victory over Hitler and cheer Winston Churchill. But things have changed. The poor don't want to go back to the way things were. They remember the thirties. It was a time of poverty, unemployment, starvation, in the midst of ostentatious wealth. They don't want that again. The men and women who fought the war want a better world. They want the rich to pay a bit more, so the poor can suffer a bit less. They want a national health service. Pay when they're unemployed, so their families don't starve. Education for everyone, so that no one grows up unable to read or write. They want the Labour Party to deliver it. But Labour is led by a nonentity - "a modest little man with plenty to be modest about." He says almost nothing. He sits in his grey suit and puffs his pipe. One wit remarked: "An empty taxi drew up and Clement Attlee got out." No charisma, no revolutionary passion. Even if, by some miracle, he wins an election against the great Winston Churchill, this grey little man can't make a revolution. There's no hope. There's nothing in him. Is there?


Author: Francis Beckett
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Work type: Play.


Company Labour England. Director Owain Rose.
31 Aug 21 to 5 Sep 21Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L560559771
3 Feb 21 to 7 Feb 21Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L0538920196
9 Oct 19 to 13 Oct 19Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L0343700352
15 Jan 19 to 26 Jan 19Bread and Roses, Inner London :: V1142
listing details L01831569470

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