The Angry Brigade was a British anarchist group responsible for a series of bomb attacks in Britain between 1970 and 1972 in protest against the US involvement in the Vietnam War. They were Britain’s first ever urban guerrilla group and targeted banks, embassies, the Miss World event and the homes of Conservative MPs with the intention of only causing property damage. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Angry Brigade trial.
The play focuses on four members of the Brigade and works in two parts. In one part, The Branch, is the police attempt to capture the Angry Brigade group. The other part, The Brigade, is the group’s attempt to evade capture by the police. The Angry Brigade is a co-production by Paines Plough and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
James Graham is a playwright and film and television writer who won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for Eden’s Empire.
James’s play This House premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013, where it enjoyed a sell-out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MPs for his rendition of life in the Commons.
James’s play Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre caused a storm during its run at the Soho Theatre and received excellent reviews for its portrayal of young, gay men in the modern Conservative Party.
Scarlett Alice Johnson
Theatre Royal Plymouth & Paines Plough
The Theatre Royal Plymouth collaborates with selected artists in the UK and beyond with our work being described by The Guardian as “a real powerhouse of innovative theatre and collaboration”. Paines Plough are among our many long-term collaborators with previous co-productions including Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, Long Time Dead by Rona Munro and Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley.
Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. They commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Described as ‘the lifeblood of the UK’s theatre ecosystem’ by The Guardian, we produce some of our best work alongside Paines Plough.
Dates and tickets
Performed from Friday 19th September to Saturday 4th October, tickets for The Angry Brigade are £14.70 (£10.70 concessions). Find out more and book your tickets online. Alternatively, tickets can be booked by calling our Box Office on 01752 267222.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Drum to see the anarchy unfold!