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A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity

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Tue 24 - Sat 28 Oct 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Runtime: 2h 00m


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Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN

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Arriving in London trailing impressive reviews, this stage version of the 2016 Ken Loach movie about Daniel Blake, definitely no slacker, who has suffered a heart attack but been passed as fit for work, is written by Dave Johns, the actor who played Daniel in the movie. A good job he makes of it too, updating the action to 2022 so that the piece feels even more relevant in a cost-of-living crisis. It’s a heartbreaking, raw, and angry piece of theatre—impressively staged and acted—and one that is a howl of despair against a Kafkaesque benefits system that treats all who pass through it as would-be cheats rather than human beings.

About I, Daniel Blake

Dan is a carpenter. A Geordie through and through. Just on the mend after a heart attack. Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids. A fresh start. I, DANIEL BLAKE is one of the most important stories of a generation. A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you. With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction. It is reality. A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough. The show is adapted for the stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award-winning 2016 film. Age Recommendation: 14+