Royal Court


26 Nov 2014 - 10 Jan 2015

£12.00 - £32.00

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9 reviews

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We live in an age of cuts. We are a working class town, that's our strength - and in the current climate, our weakness.

How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out in this political play attacking the squeeze on local government.


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“You’re the deputy leader of a Labour council in a deprived English town. You have to make £22 million in cuts. Where do you star”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“This play about local authority cuts could not be more timely – and it entertains even as it offers a call to arms”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Jack Thorne’s drama about budget cuts in a Labour-run council contains uniformly stellar acting”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“This new play from Jack Thorne probes the culture of austerity in a style that’s mischievous without being strident, combining p”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“It's hard not to be moved by this valuable and timely new play about how local government is being affected by the spending sque”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“It is a grim play about a grim situation. It’s about Labour councils forced to do terrible things by an ideologically diametrica”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Their new piece makes the sound of a balloon deflating at an office party and provides one nugget of boringly obvious truth: tha”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“The team behind Let the Right One In fail to quicken the blood with a play about a Labour council facing budget cuts”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“This preachy show is, unintentionally, a hoot. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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