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‘If Only’ showing in the Studio this week

 

If Only, the David Edgar play about the coalition, is on in our Studio this week.

First written and performed in 2013, the play is set in April 2010, just ahead of the last general election. It centres on the meeting of three politicians – one Conservative, one Labour and one Lib Dem – who are stranded at Malaga airport by the Icelandic ash cloud.

Recognising that this election could well lead to a hung parliament, the three engage in an impassioned discussion of how this might play out, revealing some potentially catastrophic personal secrets along the way.

The second half of the play sees the trio meet again in Belgium in 2014, when the 2015 election is the hot topic. Although at the time it was written this part of the play was based on prophecy, the version used by the Company of Ten has been updated, with the permission of the playwright, to take into account some of the real events that followed.

Director Yvonne Harding explains: “When David Edgar updated the play for radio broadcast in June 2014, the second act was inevitably rather different, so we contacted him through his publisher to ask if we could use parts of the radio script. Amazingly, he not only agreed to send us the entire radio script but also made suggestions as to how we might adapt the play script.”

Performances take place in the Studio from Friday 20 to Saturday 21 March at 8pm, Sunday 22 March at 2.30pm, and from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 March at 8pm. To book tickets click here or call the box office on 01727 857861.

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