As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to the Old Red Theatre for the timely return of Danelaw, a grisly tale of British neo-Nazis, inspired by real events. Got any questions for writer Peter Hamilton and the company?
Cliff, a racist football thug, is serving five years in prison for assaulting an Asian man at a Millwall game when he is visited by the mysterious Mr Warboys, who offers him the chance to re-establish the Danelaw – the Golden Age of Viking rule. And so begins a darkly-comic tragedy of violence and death.
Danelaw was inspired by reports in the anti-Fascist magazine Searchlight of an attempt by neo-Nazi group Combat 18 to establish a white-supremacist homeland in East Anglia with Chelmsford as the capital. This failed, however, when the group’s leaders were convicted of the murder of another party member, involving disputes over funds gained from Combat 18’s interests in the music industry (they had their own label).
This new updated version of Danelaw, originally staged at the White Bear Theatre in 2005, reunites author Peter Hamilton with director Ken McClymont, previously Old Red Lion Theatre artistic director, who has previously helmed Hamilton’s plays The Poetry of Exile and Playground.
Note: Danelaw is suitable for ages 16+. Features racism, strong language, scenes of extreme violence and murder as well as strobe lighting.
Following the 3pm matinee of Danelaw on Saturday 21 September 2019, I’ll be joined by Peter Hamilton and members of the company to discuss the play and mainstreaming of far-right politics today. Any questions? Join us!