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22 May @ 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on 24 May, 2019 at 7:45pm
Written in 1985 by Tony Harrison and set in Leeds towards the end of the miners strike, V is one of the most powerful, profound and haunting long poems of modern times. At the graveside of his mam and dad he finds the graves full of graffiti, covered in crude four letter words and he begins to dissemble the situation to simply try to understand. V, despite its references to the mid-1980s’ miners’ strike and skinheads, sings like a state-of-the-nation missive. Running to around 3,500 words, 17 of which are expletives, it speaks to today’s bitterly-divided Britain, lamenting the toxic religious, cultural and racial oppositions that continue to undermine social cohesion.It expresses the hope that society’s polarities will disappear.
“Sean McLevy’s performance is brilliantly delivered. He displays all the complex emotions in this poem with a deep understanding of their roots. A moving and truly thought provoking experience for the audience.”
In the Playhouse. 7.45pm (Doors 5pm).Buy Tickets
Written by Tony Harrison. Directed by John Berry. Warning for adult language.