The countdown is on for the London premiere of Chris Hannan’s critically acclaimed political drama What Shadows, after its premiere last year at Birmingham Rep. Watch interviews here with Tony and Olivier Award winner Ian McDiarmid, who stars as Enoch Powell, and director Roxana Silbert here…
What Shadows, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, tells some of the story behind former Conservative MP Enoch Powell’s explosive 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, bringing to life the community that inspired it and, 30 years later, looking at its effects on a young black woman trying to make sense of her own life and identity. The woman sets out to meet Powell and get answers.
In this video, McDiarmid and Silbert discuss the play and its implications for today:
“How do we talk to people hate? How do we speak across the divide? How do we communicate with someone we fundamentally disagree with?” – Roxana Silbert
“Could he have put it better?
“Was he completely wrong?
“Or did he have a point?” – Ian McDiarmid