An Honourable Man Q&A video: What’s the difference between populist & popular?

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Populism, patriotism, political theatre, predictions for Brexit and the fast-paced nature of life-imitating-art-imitating-life were amongst the topics covered in an incredibly good-natured discussion across a wide partisan spectrum at the post-show debate I chaired for the premiere production of An Honourable Man.

Michael McManus’ play had a sell-out, try-out week in June, which attracted praise from political commentators including Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, Times columnist Matthew Parris, House of Cards author Michael Dobbs and Another Country playwright Julian Mitchell. It has since been revised and updated.

In an imagined near-future, Joe Newman is mainstream Labour MP for a traditional, working-class constituency in the North of England – until Momentum try to oust him. He resigns the Labour whip, wins a by-election as an independent and, with dizzying shock-and-awe speed, whips up a populist storm that looks like it could take him all the way to Downing Street.

Could it happen in the UK? Are the Labour and Conservative parties equipped for these turbulent political times? Is there a need for a new party? What if Brexit is only the beginning of the UK’s turmoil and division? Has there ever been a more poisonous time in British politics? What’s the difference between popular and populist? Patriotism and nationalism?

For the post-show discussion, I was joined by McManus – a former Parliamentary candidate and adviser to three Prime Ministers now making his playwriting debut with An Honourable Man – and director Jolley Gosnold, as well as, coming straight from another busy day at Westminster, Lord Hunt of Wirral, a Conservative Cabinet member for 14 years under Thatcher and Major and now chair of the Association of Conservative Peers, and Tony Grew, political reporter and secretary of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

An Honourable Man stars Timothy Harker as Joe Newman, along with Lisa Bowerman, Max Keeble, Thomas Mahy, Dee Sadler and Annie Tyson.

For more video, photos and live-tweeting from the post-show discussion, visit TerriPaddock.

An Honourable Man runs from 20 November to 8 December 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £18 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.