Offstage Theatre and Most Wanted present
The Political History of Smack and Crack

in association with Alastair Michael

20th - 22nd February 2020


A twisted love story between two life-long addicts.

Tracing their lives from the epicentre of the riots in 1981 to their present day survival on the streets, Mand and Neil chronicle the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

Winner of Summerhall’s Lustrum Award in 2018 and Theatre503 2017 Play Writing Award Finalist, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation. Inspired by the playwright's own experience in jail and rehab, it is shot through with home truths about the road to recovery.

Supported by Arts Council England and Mustard Tree.

Cast: William Fox, Eve Steele

Written by Ed Edwards
Director: Cressida Brown
Movement Director: Kate Sagovsky
Lighting Designer: Richard Williamson
Composer & Sound Designer: Jon McLeod

Note: Contains adult themes and strong language.


'Exceptional… riotously entertaining and deeply moving' ***** The Stage

'As a love story it’s unexpectedly tender; as a social history its shockingly dark; as a piece of theatre it’s excellent' **** The Scotsman

'Not since Trainspotting has addiction been so entertaining.' **** Lyn Gardner, The Independent


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