It was ultimately a year about women, with Herstory Festival and Bechdel Testing proving that there was plenty of excellent new writing from women, despite Hampstead Theatre claiming otherwise.
Many on the panel, and in the audience, also shared personal stories as immigrants and/or children of immigrants – and how they felt affected by Powell’s speech and its aftermath.
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? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes and Twitter buzz for the show.
As a play, there is so much in What Shadows that touches on and echoes today’s myriad trouble spots, it could hardly be more topical.
I’ve had a rich few weeks for playgoing. A key theme in this batch of diary entries is the reward of visiting new, new-to-me or I-haven’t-been-in-so-long-they-feel-nearly-new venues.
This timely production focusing on Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech raises a lot of questions about racism but leaves the audience with no real resolution.
What Shadows from Chris Hannan is a well-researched fiction that weaves its narrative around the closing chapters of the real life of Enoch Powell.
Chris Hannan’s critically acclaimed political drama What Shadows receives its London premiere tonight (3 October 2017), Check out new production photos of award-winning Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell with the 2017 cast at London’s Park Theatre
Ian McDiarmid’s extremely fine performance as Enoch Powell is resentful, fidgety and frustrated, either from feeling overlooked earlier in life or from illness later on.
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…
Have you now read the full text of Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech from 1968? If you’re not old enough to remember, can you imagine how immigrants and the rest of British society reacted to it? And how it may have affected individuals’ lives? That’s what Chris Hannan explores in What Shadows. The new play, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, …
Chris Hannan’s new play What Shadows, which transfers to London’s Park Theatre this month starring Ian McDiarmid, centres on the life of one woman was affected by former Wolverhampton Conservative MP Enoch Powell’s controversial 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech. Beyond mere reputation, how well do you know the speech? Full speech here.
On 10 October 2017, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the company of Chris Hannan’s What Shadows, inspired by Enoch Powell’s infamous 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech, now receiving its London premiere in a strictly limited season at the Park Theatre. Got any questions?
Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid will play MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s searing play What Shadows when it transfers to London’s Park Theatre next month. Full London casting is now announced.
Ian McKellen and Ian McDiarmid headline Park Theatre’s new winter 2017 season, which also features a never-before-seen play by Kevin Elyot and revivals of Daisy Pulls It Off and Joe Orton’s Loot.
Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid plays MP Enoch Powell in the world premiere of Chris Hannan’s new play What Shadows, which is directed by Roxana Silbert and runs at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 27 October to 12 November 2016.
A company of more than 60 artists will bring The Iliad to life in a durational reading on Friday 14 August 2015. The reading will begin at the British Museum and culminate on the Almeida Theatre stage. The marathon reading is the latest event in the theatre’s Almeida Greeks Festival, which has so far seen Robert Icke’s critically acclaimed production …
Despite the considerable distractions of the World Cup, Wimbledon and my own much-talked about (!) triathlon debut in Wales – I’m a sucker for a sporting spectacle – I have been lucky enough to squeeze in some top theatregoing in recent weeks. Here are five plays I can heartily recommend, listed in closing date order. […]