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It is with much anticipation that Ed Edwards’ latest play, The Political History of Smack and Crack, arrives at Live Theatre from Tuesday 11th-Wednesday 12th February. Beginning life as a series of lectures on the nature of revolution, Edwards has transformed his teaching into a love story set against the background of the Moss Side riots. A tale inspired by his own experiences, it chronicles the messed up journey of Mandy and Neil as they veer from addiction, jail and rehab, to their present day struggles on the streets of Manchester.

Edwards’ central thesis is that the link between violent revolution and drug addiction are no coincidence. Rather, it is manufactured by capitalist society to keep the working class in check. It is no surprise then that this play exudes anger and sadness at the wrongs done to a generation lost to poverty and addiction. Yet Edwards is also able to pick out the light in the darkness through the essential humanity and humour he bestows on his two central protagonists.

Already a critically acclaimed work and a barnstorming success at the Edinburgh Fringe, this is an all too rare opportunity to see a real working class hero weave his theatrical magic on the Newcastle stage.

The Political History of Smack And Crack is at Live Theatre, Newcastle on Tuesday 11th-Wednesday 12th February

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