Win Tickets to see Dead Sheep at The REP

Win FREE tickets to see the wonderfully funny Dead Sheep at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) on 1st October 2016.

Win Tickets to see Dead Sheep at The REP

Nallon brilliantly executes Thatcher as a powerful and ruthless figure

Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) in association with DESIblitz bring you the wonderful chance to watch the critically acclaimed play, Dead Sheep on Saturday 1st October 2016.

A political satire written by Jonathan Maitland, Dead Sheep follows the infamous relationship between Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and her right-hand man, Geoffrey Howe.

Based on true events, Maitland revisits a political friendship of Thatcher and Howe that quickly turns sour. Historically, it leads to the demise of Thatcherism in the late 1980s.

Writer Jonathan Maitland however, turns the political saga on its head by putting two strong women against one another: Margaret Thatcher and Elspeth Howe (Geoffrey’s wife).

And poor Geoffrey is instead seen enduring a ‘conflict of loyalties’ between the powerful foes.

Elspeth had a notably frosty relationship with Margaret and disagreed with her on many accounts. This is given new ammunition on stage in Dead Sheep.

When Howe finally resigns, to devastating effect, many believe that it is actually Elspeth’s influence that prompts him to criticise the leaders of the government.

Widely described as an unimpressive individual and uncharismatic politician, Howe shocks his colleagues by attacking Thatcher’s leadership in one of the first televised broadcasts in parliament. He quips:

“It is rather like sending your opening batsmen to the crease only for them to find the moment that the first balls are bowled that their bats have been broken before the game by the team captain.”

Dead Sheep is Brilliantly Funny

The direction by Ian Talbot OBE is masterful. Together, Maitland and Talbot cleverly navigate audiences through the dense politics with undercut humour and witty narration.

It becomes a story of Lady Macbeth and of Brutus, with Tory backhanders, and a smattering of Brexit jokes thrown in for good measure.

Leads, Paul Bradley (as Geoffrey Howe), Steve Nallon (as Margaret Thatcher) and Carol Royle (as Elspeth Howe) are truly wonderful to watch.

One sympathises with the timid Geoffrey played by Bradley. We are in awe of the feisty Elspeth who stands up to the robust and condescending nature of Margaret.

With many quips about feminism and the role of women as domesticated wives, it is no surprise to see Thatcher played by a man, Steve Nallon. Nallon brilliantly executes Thatcher as a powerful and ruthless figure.

But he also softens her sharp ‘executioner eyes’ for the audience. Her distant marriage with Denis starkly contrasts the warm and loving marriage of the Howe’s. At one point, Margaret has to remind us that: “I am a woman, you know.”

Overall, Dead Sheep is a play that will engage, delight and open your eyes to the deadly world of politics. It is a production about friendship, loyalty and being true to one’s self.

Watch the production trailer for Dead Sheep here:

Dead Sheep will run at The REP between September 26 to October 1, 2016.

With The REP’s mission to engage and educate audiences with dramas of politics and current affairs, you have the amazing chance to win a pair of to see this unmissable show!

For more details about Dead Sheep, please visit The REP website here.

SHOW DETAILS
Date and Time: 7.30pm Saturday 1st October 2016.
Venue: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP.
Buy Tickets: The REP

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the link above.

FREE TICKETS COMPETITION
We have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

To win a pair of FREE tickets for DEAD SHEEP at The REP, first follow us on Twitter or Like Us on Facebook:

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One entry will allow you to win two tickets to the match. Duplicate entries will not be accepted.

The competition closes at 12.00pm on Friday 30th September 2016. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the competition below before entering.

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Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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