Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Leading Playwright, David Edgar, guest speaker at Banbury CLP Supper Club

Left to right: Henry Goodman, Chris Farman, David Edgar

Left to right: Henry Goodman, Chris Farman, David Edgar

Banbury Constituency Labour Party was thrilled to have David Edgar, one of Britain’s leading playwrights, speak at our fund-raising Supper Club on Friday 14 March 2014 at The Institute, Adderbury.

Born into a theatrical family in Birmingham, David Edgar was radicalised during the turbulent 1960s and has never looked back.

His first big stage success came in 1976, with Destiny, an award-winning play about the rise of a far-right party, based on the National Front. He won further acclaim in 1980 for his adaptation of Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby.

But his main focus has been on Britain’s changing political landscape over the past 40 years and his themes have ranged from the disappointments of New Labour, in Playing With Fire, to the dynamics of the coalition government, in If Only, produced at the Chichester Festival last year.

He has also written for TV and radio, and his plays are regularly performed on the international as well as the British stage.

David talked about childhood ‘trauma’ from watching Beauty and the Beast and his first staging of a play as a young boy in the garden shed, as well as delivering a fascinating analysis of the key social and political events of the last 50 years.

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