Who controls the news? It’s very much a current hot potato, with the government accused of interference in the BBC and the broadcaster seen by some as having a bias. It is, it seems, hard to unpick the truth about what constitutes telling the truth when it comes to the news. Hot on the heels of The Motive and the Cue at the NT comes the latest from the prolific Jack Thorne, and it addresses truth as it takes us back to the General Strike in 1926. With newspapers unable to print, the only sources of news are coming from the government organ, The British Gazette, edited by Winston Churchill, and a fledgling BBC led by John Reith. The two are on a collision course as they fight to control the news. Stephen Campbell Moore plays Reith, and Adrian Scarborough is Churchill.
A true story about truth In May 1926 Britain grinds to a halt, as workers down tools for The General Strike. With the printing presses shut down, the only sources of news are the government’s The British Gazette, edited by Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill, and the independent, fledgling British Broadcasting Company, led by John Reith. What follows is a fierce battle for control of the news and who gets to define the truth. A gripping and timely story about the birth of a great British institution, WHEN WINSTON WENT TO WAR WITH THE WIRELESS is a new play by multi award-winning stage and screen writer Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, His Dark Materials for BBC One), directed by Katy Rudd (Ocean at the End of the Lane, Eureka Day).