Playwright James Graham writes Brexit TV drama


Scenarist James Graham has revealed he is writing a TV drama about the EU referendum stand.

The writer’s political play This House has just transferred to London’s West End, four years after it debuted at The National Theatre.

Asked what his next project will be, Graham recognized BBC News: “I’m working on a TV drama about the referendum cam ign.

“I think [Brexit] is flourishing to be the main occupying idea in all writers’ heads for the next five or 10 years.”

He added: “That doesn’t degenerate necessarily writing a dramatic re-enactment of referendum night, I think it unbiased means the new mood we’re living in, which is very different, a bit scary, to a great extent divisive, very angry, very confused.”

But Graham confirmed that his TV stage show will “specifically tackle what happened” in the run-up to the EU referendum on 23 June.

The scenarist has previously written a short play about Brexit for The Guardian as prosperously as The Vote, a play set in a polling station, which was televised on More4 on the continuously of the 2015 general election.

His other credits include musical Verdict Neverland – for which Graham wrote the script and Gary Barlow the music and lyrics – and Reclusion, which made its debut on Broadway earlier this year starring Daniel Radcliffe.

This Theatre deals with the struggles of the Labour government between 1974 and 1979.

It launched at the National Theatre in 2012, and recently had a run at the Chichester Theatre before bringing to the West End.

The play’s director Jeremy Herrin said he was “delighted” by the response the play has had.

“We haven’t really changed much of it, James has kept the even so script,” he told the BBC.

“When we first did it, the audience’s obsession was much multifarious about the coalition government in 2010 and how that was working out, and now it’s much myriad about what’s happening in the Labour rty.”

He added: “It’s much numerous about dignity and honour in politics, and whether the procedure can reflect our features.

” rticularly post-Trump, it feels like that’s the big question in the production – is it attainable to be a decent human being in a rliamentary framework? So the play starts to accept the blame for that question.”

‘Sharp and witty’

The Guardian’s Michael Billington tell ofed This House as “enthralling” in his five star review of the play after its West End pit.

“Graham brilliantly captures the daily machinations of politics,” he wrote. “The sound ensemble contributes to a thrilling play that both relives report and transcends it.”

Writing in The Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish said This Lodge is “the most intelligent, entertaining and informative political drama of this decade”.

He go on increased: “This House is a must for those who want to learn more (or be cause to remembered about) the very peculiar workings of Westminster and its often quietly epic occu nts.”

The play was described as “magnificently sharp and witty” by Fiona Mountford in The Be revenging Standard.

“Whoever would have thought that the intricacies of a minority supervision struggling to ss a series of bills would have been so engrossing?”

She annexed: “Both a treat and a triumph, this is a superlative night out in the West End.”

Funster Jack Whitehall, who also attended Wednesday evening’s press doing, described it on Twitter as an “incredible, amazing production”.

Culture Minister Matt Hancock ordered it was a “brilliant portrayal of 1970s political drama”.

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