An Honourable Man – New Political Play Opens at The White Bear
Former Tory candidate and speechwriter Michael McManus brings his provocative and controversial, post-Brexit play An Honourable Man into its first full production.
After a highly successful, sell-out development run in the same venue in June, this abrasive and challenging, darkly funny and highly topical new political play returns to the White Bear Theatre for a three-week run, between Tuesday 20 November and Saturday 8 December.
An Honourable Man directly challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of contemporary political theatre, charting the rise to national prominence of a populist, anti-immigration leader and his new Popular People’s Movement. Michael McManus commented: “As Michael Billington, amongst others, has wisely observed, almost all contemporary political writing reflects and embodies a very narrow and predictable spectrum of opinion. So far as I am aware, no other significant play in recent years has been written by anyone with a similar track record of front-line political activism within the Conservative Party. “Theatre should be dangerous. It should challenge. It should shake people into re-examining their innermost values and beliefs. It should make them look at the world in different ways. It therefore has a profound responsibility to step outside its comfort zone and present opinions – however controversial they may be – from way beyond the liberal-left echo chamber. I very much hope and believe this piece may prove to be precisely that ‘mischievous right-wing play’, for which Nick Hytner issued his celebrated clarion call over a decade ago.”
White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11
Prices: £18 and £12 concs
Box Office: 0333 012 4963 (Local rate)
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