Have you booked yet to see Ian McDiarmid in “the performance of the year” as Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s explosive new drama What Shadows? The world premiere production, transferred from Birmingham Rep, continues at London’s Park Theatre until 28 October 2017. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes and Twitter buzz for the show…
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell‘s infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech, made in Birmingham in 1968, What Shadows tells the story behind the speech, bringing to life the community that inspired it and, 30 years later, its effects on a woman trying to make sense of her life.
Oxford academic and daughter of a Caribbean immigrant, Rose Cruickshank wants answers. Enoch’s controversial words about immigration shattered her childhood. Rose cannot find inner peace until she understands what led him to make the speech that defined a generation. Will a meeting with the man himself give her the answers she desperately craves?
Ian McDiarmid, playing Powell, is joined in the cast by: Amelia Donkor as Rose Cruickshank and Joyce Cruickshank, as well as Nicholas Le Prevost as Clem Jones, Paula Wilcox as Grace Hughes and Marjorie Jones, Waleed Akhtar as Saeed, Ameet Chana as Sultan and Doctor Sharma, and Joanne Pearce as Sofia and Pamela. The production is directed by Birmingham Rep artistic director Roxana Silbert and designed by Ti Green.