Apt timing for staging of election drama
After the smash-hit success of 1984, Headlong return to Cambridge with David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama The Absence of War, currently on a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 General Election.
It’s now or never for George Jones (Reece Dinsdale). The charismatic leader of the Labour Party needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten.
Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he’s their man.
But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the House of Commons?
And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister’s Questions?
Directed by Headlong’s artistic director Jeremy Herrin, the Company, present a vigorous new staging of the searing election play; a study of an epic struggle set against the high pressured hysteria of the 1992 General Election.
Herrin’s work includes the RSC world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies and The Nether.
One of England’s foremost writers, David Hare’s successes include Skylight, Gethsemane, Amy’s View and The Judas Kiss, which played a sell-out week starring Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox at Cambridge Arts Theatre in 2012.