Drama about Tories in crisis to play Birmingham during Conservative Party Conference
From Birmingham Live: A stage drama about the Conservative Party in crisis will play Birmingham at the same time as the Tory Party Conference.
Dead Sheep is about Margaret Thatcher’s downfall but is still highly relevant, about a government split over Europe, conflicts of loyalty and a fatal miscalculation by a Prime Minister.
It will star former Brummie Steve Nallon as Thatcher alongside Holby City star Paul Bradley as Geoffrey Howe.
Jonathan Maitland wrote the play in 2014 about how Mrs Thatcher sacked her Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe in 1989, thinking she had nothing to fear from a man whose speaking skills had been compared to those of a dead sheep.
But Howe fought back with an electrifying speech which ended up destroying Thatcher’s political career.
Jonathan says: “Dead Sheep now feels uncanny. It’s about a Tory government split over Europe and the agonising conflicts of loyalty that followed. It has been exactly the same story in 2016.
“There are some scenes that feel so current it’s spooky. For example, when two ministers discuss the possibility of quitting the EU. One of them says ‘We can’t leave Europe now. It’d be too complicated. Like the political equivalent of reversing a vasectomy’.
“The timing couldn’t be sweeter, especially since we’re playing Birmingham during the Tory party conference.