Nottingham Playhouse has announced its explosive new factional drama which lifts the lid on a sex scandal involving undercover cops – just hours after a story broke on national television.
Kefi Chadwick’sAny Means Necessary, which is set to be performed this February, tells the victims’ true stories of their relationships with undercover cops.
In 2011 a major legal scandal broke as it was revealed that that an undercover police officer had, for years, been living among political activists in Nottingham.
Not only had he been spying on legitimate protest groups but, in his undercover persona, he had been engaging in long term intimate relationships with women.
Dismissed by police as a ‘rogue officer’, it soon became clear that he was not alone and many undercover police had been spying on activists for decades, forming supposedly loving relationships and even fathering children with the female members of these groups.
All this was fully sanctioned and funded by Special Branch. With the subsequent collapse of high profile legal cases following the revelations, in July 2015, Lord Justice Pitchford opened a public inquiry into undercover policing.
Any Means Necessary, commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, is inspired by interviews with many of those involved and drawn from unprecedented access to the women and legal teams involved.
This is a fictionalised account of what happened, how the abuse was perpetrated, the emotional costs it wrought and the victims’ drive to find out the truth about the men who had, for years, systematically and devastatingly deceived them.
Kefi Chadwick said: “These cases show an incredible abuse of human rights and civil liberties and are one of the biggest police scandals of all time.
“To be able to bring the events to life on the stage at Nottingham where one of the worst offenders lived and spied is a great privilege and an important part of the victims right to have their stories heard.”
Playhouse artistic director, Giles Croft, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Kefi on the telling of this important story which has local, national and international implications.
“The beauty of her approach is to centre the drama on the human cost of the undercover police operations and to examine the effects on the families on both sides of the divide.”
Any Means Necessary runs at the Nottingham Playhouse from February 5-20.