On Our Shelves Now
It's karaoke night at The Albion, a proper East End boozer and the unofficial home of the English Protection Army. Paul runs the pub, girlfriend Christine rules the roost, and little brother Jayson hosts the karaoke. On the eve of a demonstration tensions are running high. The mosque want to build a community centre next door and the English Protection Army aren't happy. Paul is going to fight this tooth and nail, but he knows the public won't listen to a bunch of hooligans. Meanwhile, younger brother Jayson thinks this could be his time to shine. Family or not, this is England and it's time to take it back. Albion examines the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern day Britain. When they embrace diversity, just how far can the far right go? 'Raucous... An attempt to understand, not dismiss, far right wing] politics... A controversial exploration of both the rise of a "more palatable" right-wing extremism in the UK and the culpability of centre-ground politics for fascist gains in Britain today' Guardian 'Chris Thompson's provocative new play offers an ambitious look at Right-wing politics... Albion is a provocative and accessible state-of-the-nation drama that invites us to engage with uncomfortable issues' - Evening Standard 'It's a mark of the strong writing that all the characters have moments of pathos... It's easy to dismiss racist views without bothering to engage with them, but this work makes the argument that ignoring them is no longer an option' - Independent 'There's a lot more to Chris Thompson's play than meets the eye... the setting and structure act as a well-crafted Trojan horse for Thompson's argument' - Financial Times 'Provocative and prescient' - Time Out 'A play that deals with urgent problems... A timely, even incendiary, title... scenes have an undeniable power' - TheArtsDesk 'Hard-hitting and politically charged' - WhatsOnStage 'Blisteringly topical' - Reviews Gate 'Captivating and tantalising' - The Upcoming.
About the Author
Chris Thompson is a recipient of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Bursary (formerly the Pearson Playwright Award). In 2013 he took part in the Kudos / Bush Initiative and the Royal Court invitation studio writers' group. Chris is the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre, where his acclaimed debut play Carthage had a sold-out run early in 2014.