The play reimagines the Peterloo Massacre in the present day and the events leading up to what ensued, with all the politics, pressures and prejudices that could – and sadly – would – unfold.
In the incident room in Manchester, town hall meeting rooms and government COBRA sessions, information technology, social media, news reports and reputations intermingle to show how in 200 years, very little may have changed in a highly-charged story of lies, damn lies and fake news.
When it all goes wrong and civil unrest is looming, surely the best course of action would be facts, honesty and transparency…wouldn’t it? Or is the briefing against those without a voice the best course of action – especially when that voice has no chance of being heard.
“As far as the world of the media is concerned, today we are burying the victims of a tragedy; well, let’s take the opportunity to bury their baggage with them...”
What the audience thought... "Is there anybody there?"
First night audience feedback on social media following the premiere:
"Pure brilliance" ... "Absolutely gripped" ... "Excellent script" ... "Brilliantly acted" ... “A very original and entertaining piece of theatre” ... “A really thought provoking play. I loved it … what a mixture of emotions” ... "Really enjoyed last night. Great play, funny and dark at the same time. Highly recommended" ... "Brilliant in every way. Totally loved it. Well done to all of you. Martin has such excellent writing skills; I actually couldn't wait to get back in the theatre at the interval to see how things panned out. Totally awesome" ... "Seriously, the play was fabulous. Get down there this week."