Within a stone’s throw of Grenfell Tower, Gregory Evans’ tale of greed, ambition and plain heartlessness, Shirleymander tells the darkest of stories with a very light touch.
The best that can be said about Chris Goode’s Jubilee is that it must surely be in the running for the hotly contested accolade of the worst show of the whole decade.
In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, new west London theatre The Playground will premiere Gregory Evans’ Shirleymander, a dramatization of the Shirley Porter Westminster Council ‘homes for votes’ scandal of the 1980s. This week’s reading stars Tracy-Ann Oberman, Patrick Ryecart and Michael Simkins.
As disasters go, Aberfan is still deeply distressing, and watching the play, I was reminded of the Grenfell Tower fire, which also got attention, donations but ultimately has not (yet) led to a guarantee that it will never happen again.