20th - 22nd February 2020
'2am 8th July, 1981, all the major cities of England burn.'
The night of the riots. That night should change everything. Tracing their own lives from the epicentre of the riots in 1981 to their present day survival on the streets of Manchester, Mandy and Neil chronicle the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. An angry, funny love-song to a lost generation inspired by the playwright's own experience in jail and rehab. Winner of Summerhall’s Lustrum Award in 2018 and finalist in Theatre503’s Play Writing Award 2017, The Political History of Smack and Crack is a riotous and tender portrayal of two life-long addicts shot through with home truths about the road to recovery.
Co-produced by Offstage Theatre and Most Wanted in association with Alastair Michael. Supported by Arts Council England and Mustard Tree.
Cast: Neil Bell, 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.
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'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