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Playing With Fire

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About the Show Less...

The World Premiere of David Edgar's chiling new drama. Read More >

Playing With FireNew Labour high-flyer Alex leaves London and heads north to the District council of Wyverdale. There he is charged with creating a recovery plan for an area that failed its government audit. But all the websites, faith festivals and leaflets in Bengali seem thoroughly beside the point to the Labour old guard struggling to even provide the necessities for an alienated and divided community. As racial tensions become more fraught, good intentions lead to unthinkable consequences.

What begins as a metro-versus-retro comedy of misunderstandings evolves into a chilling drama about multicultural Britain.  


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 12/09/2005

Opening Night: 21/09/2005

Closing Night: 22/10/2005

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Cast & Creative


Director - Michael Attenborough

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Author - David Edgar

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