Runtime: 1h 40m
“England used to build things; now we knock them down.” That includes children and families. The legacies of brutalisation, both colonial and within the home, are charted in this one-man play by Ed Edwards, written specially for the political comedian Mark Thomas. A hit at Edinburgh this summer, it is a ferocious, raging, and compassionate show that tells of a young boy full of promise who is brutalised by his former soldier father and the justice system. A searing indictment of how the actions of governments have repercussions on the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Set when The Great Devouring comes home, England & Son is a one-man play written specifically for the award-winning political comedian Mark Thomas by award-winning playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack, Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Soho and UK tour). With some deep, dark laughs – and some deep, dark love – along the way, England & Son emerges from characters Mark knew in his childhood and Ed’s lived experience in jail. Prepare to be taken on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him. Content warnings: contains references to violence and drug use. Age guidance: 14+