Brexit? Never mind Brexit. What if the Brexit vote, UKIP, even the BNP and the EDL – what if all that was just the beginning?
An Honourable Man, the debut play by Michael McManus, directed by Jolley Gosnold, will get its world premiere at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington, this November, following a successful workshop production earlier this year.
Joe Newman is the mainstream Labour MP for a traditional, working-class constituency in the North of England – until Momentum try to oust him.
Unwittingly they unleash a tide that could destroy not only Labour and the Conservatives – but also every assumption anyone has ever made about what is acceptable in the mainstream of British politics.
An Honourable Man stars Timothy Harker, Lisa Bowerman, Max Keeble, Thomas Mahy, Dee Sadler and Annie Tyson.
The script has been revised and updated to keep pace with current events, the fast-changing political landscape and after feedback from the workshop.
Michael McManus said: “When I first drafted this play in 2015, it seemed far-fetched to many people.
“Labour MPs being deselected in the near future? The rise of populism? Cult of personality? Here? In Britain?
“Now my actors, my director and I are all running hard, just to keep ahead of reality; and we can be confident life will go on imitating art, even during our three-week run.
“I just hope my old friend Frank Field doesn’t do anything too dramatic!”
Michael McManus is an author, political adviser and journalist. His most recent book, Edward Heath: A Singular Life was widely praised. Other books include biographies of the one-time Liberal leader Jo Grimond and the actor Nicholas Courtney; and a history of the Conservative Party and LGBT rights.
An Honourable Man runs at the White Bear Theatre from November 20 to December 8.