by Chris Hannan
directed by Roxana Silbert
"I was a storm. I was also a man entirely alone in a storm. There were forces beyond my control and I was one of them."
1968. Midlands MP Enoch Powell has something to say. Something he feels needs to be said. Something that could divide Britain forever.
1992. Oxford academic and daughter of a Caribbean immigrant, Rose Cruickshank wants answers. Enoch's controversial words about immigration shattered her childhood. Will a meeting with the man himself allow her to find the inner peace she desperately craves?
Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech is the post-war's most polarising political speech. Chris Hannan’s (The Iliad, The Lyceum) powerful
play asks how a politically divided country moves forward in the wake of a crisis.
What Shadows is presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and marks the return of Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) to The Lyceum stage for the first time in 45 years, bringing one of Britain’s most infamous politicians to life in a searing performance that has been hailed by critics.
★★★★ 'Ian McDiarmid gives a standout performance as Powell' The Times
★★★★ 'The most provocative theatrical debate of the decade' The Telegraph
Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) stars as Enoch Powell.
Please note: containts some adult themes and language
Cast and Credits
In alphabetical order
Waleed Akhtar Saeed
Ameet Chana Sultan/Doctor Sharma
Amelia Donkor Rose Cruickshank/Joyce Cruickshank
Nicholas Le Prevost Clem Jones
Ian McDiarmid Enoch Powell
Joanne Pearce Sofia/Pamela
Paula Wilcox Grace/Marjorie Jones
Nyasha Woolhouse Young Rose
Winnie Thomas Young Rose
Roxana Silbert Director
Ti Green Designer
Chahine Yavroyan Lighting Designer
Giles Thomas Original Sound Design
Louis Price Video Designer
Anna Morrissey Movement Director
Stephen Kemble Voice & Dialect Coach
Luke Kernaghan Associate Director
Ian McDiarmid talks about what to expect from What Shadows.
Dates, Times & Prices
7 - 23 September 2017
7 & 8 September
£10 Preview tickets on sale 14 August
Tuesday - Saturday
MATINEES from 9 September, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Approximately 2hrs 40mins, including 20 minute interval
- For Access performances see below
Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32
Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28
from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848
Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 14 August
All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017
Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 16 September, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm
Wednesday 20 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 16 September, 2pm
Creative Learning Events
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance
- FREE, no ticket required
PAGE TO STAGE
Thursday 21 September 2017, 5.30pm
These workshops will explore varied aspects of the production process to show you how we get a performance from the page to The Lyceum's stage. The session includes complimentary tea & coffee.
- £10 (£5 for students) / Book Here
Saturday 23 September 2017, 10am
Join us for a practical acting workshop where will explore What Shadows and work on key scenes with one of our Drama Artists.
- £12 (£6 for students) / Book Here
Book for all 6 sessions in Season 2017/18 and save!
"Quite simply completely compelling"
Edinburgh Evening News
"Ian McDiarmid gives a bravura turn as Powell"
"You’ve got to hand it to David Greig. The artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre has shown quite a knack for surfing the zeitgeist with his programming – and more importantly, tackling urgent political issues in a properly theatrical way."
The Arts Desk
Reviews for the original 2016 production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre:
'Ian McDiarmid gives a standout performance as Powell'
'The most provocative theatrical debate of the decade'