“Labour of Love” by James Graham
at The Noel Coward Theatre
5th November, 2017
“What’s happening is if you’re Northern, you’re getting butchered, it’s like Game of f—ing Thrones.”
Continuing my James Graham fest, “Labour of Love” did not fail to disappoint despite the formulaic and predictable narrative.
Admittedly, I hesitated booking for what seemed to be a comedy about the Labour Party, but faced with a dish of a co-production between the Michael Grandage Company and Headlong, and directed byJeremy Herrin, together with a Tamsin Grieg topping, I looked forward to a feast.
Labour of Love tells the story of Blairite Labour MP, David Lyons (Martin Freeman) and his politically idealistic agent Jean ( Tamsin Greig). The conceit is that we begin on election night 2017and work backwards past the Coalition years and expenses scandal, the 2001 election and the 1994 Labour leadership campaign, to Thatcher’s resignation in 1990. Right now, it looks as though Lyons may lose his North Nottinghamshire constituency seat, once regarded as safe – seat, evidently modelled on Mansfield, which saw a shock swing to the Tories this summer for the first time in its parliamentary history. Continue reading Labour of Love