THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK
At PUSH festival, Manchester HOME Theatre
Presented by Offstage Theatre and Most Wanted
Directed by Cressida Brown
Tues 16 Jan 2018 - 7.15pm
T1 Studio Space
The Political History of Smack and Crack was one of four plays shortlisted from over 1600 submissions for Theatre503's Playwriting Award (2016).
‘BOOM! Neil feels a violent leap of ecstasy in his chest. The history of Manchester jumps off its axis. The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’
Neil and Mandy’s paths cross as kids on the night of the Manchester uprising in 1981. Little do they know how this event will shape their future lives.They share some laughs, an occasional bed and finally love as they seek to maintain a fragile recovery against the addiction that blights their lives and the drug epidemic that smashes the inner city communities at the height of Thatcherism.
It's said to understand the present we must understand our past - but a political history like this can all too easily smack and crack you in the face again right here and right now. So listen up.
About the Writer: Ed Edwards was brought up in Birmingham where he acquired an accent that took him years to erode. He has many TV and novel writing credits, he did three-and-a-half years in jail in the 90s where he wrote his second novel and he now lives with his partner and her children in Manchester. The Political History of Smack and Crack was one of four plays shortlisted from over 1600 submissions for the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award.