What Shadows casts Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell at Park Theatre



“I was a storm. I was also a man entirely alone in a storm. There were forces beyond my control and I was one of them.”

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor, Ian McDiarmid will play MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s searing play, What Shadows at London’s Park Theatre this October.

Directed by Roxana Silbert, artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, What Shadows tells the story of Powell’s explosive Rivers of Blood speech.

It brings to life the community that inspired it and, 30 years later, its effects on a woman trying to make sense of her life.

Oxford academic and daughter of a Caribbean immigrant, Rose Cruickshank wants answers.

Enoch’s controversial words about immigration shattered her childhood.

Rose cannot find inner peace until she understands what led him to make the speech that defined a generation.

Will a meeting with the man himself give her the answers she desperately craves?

Director Roxana Silbert says: “As we near the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s explosive ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, the nation finds itself again facing profound and difficult questions about national identity and attitudes to immigration.

“Chris’s powerful play is a scorching interrogation of prejudices and how a bitterly divided country moves forward in the wake of a crisis. It couldn’t be more necessary.”

The cast includes Ian McDiarmid, Nicholas Le Prevost, Amelia Donkor, Paula Wilcox, Waleed Akhtar, Ameet Chana and Joanne Pearce.

What Shadows runs in the PARK200 at Park Theatre, from September 27 – October 28.

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