What inspired you to create/ write A Modest Little Man? Why this story?
Clem Attlee’s my political hero. A terribly ordinary, un-charismatic man, who changed everything about the way Britain is run. Four decades later, along came Tony Blair, a charismatic Labour leader who left things much as they were. I suppose when I wrote it, I was also hoping Jeremy Corbyn would turn out to be an Attlee figure. I’m a bit less optimistic about that now.
Who are the collaborators on this production?
My production company is called Labour England – named after my latest book, Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Labour England (Biteback, 2018.)
What attracted you to stage this production at The Bread & Roses Theatre?
I’m really excited about Bread and Roses – a genuine Labour movement theatre, potentially maybe the Unity Theatre de nos jours.
Call someone out by name: who should see this production. Be brave!
Jeremy Corbyn. John McDonnell. Anyone who is likely to play a part in a Labour government. This play is about how Labour governments ought to be run.
What's next for Francis Beckett?
Couldn’t be more different really. My adaptation of a Jeeves and Wooster story has been approved by the P.G. Wodehouse estate and is being premiered by Garden Suburb Theatre in Hampstead, 11-13 April!
A Modest Little Man
15-26 Jan (Tue-Sat), 7:30pm
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