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Red Ellen

Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 5AF
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Nottingham Playhouse
Wednesday 13 – Saturday 30 April 2022 | 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Price: £10.50 - £32.50

“I’m not a spy.”

“A working class woman inside the walls of Westminster? If that is not espionage, I do not know what is.”

This remarkable new play from Caroline Bird tells the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP, who was forever on the right side of history, forever on the wrong side of life.

Caught between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, Ellen fights with an unstoppable, reckless energy for a better world. Running (quite literally in some cases) into the likes of Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway, she battles to save Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany; campaigns for Britain to aid the fight against Franco’s Fascists in Spain; and leads 200 workers in the Jarrow Crusade, marching from Newcastle through Nottingham and the Midlands all the way to London, delivering a petition which aimed to end unemployment and poverty. She serves as a vital member of Churchill’s cabinet, and has affairs with communist spies and government ministers. But, despite all of this, she still finds herself – somehow – on the outside looking in.

This is the story of Ellen Wilkinson.

There is more than one way to kill a revolutionary…

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Red Ellen (13 Apr 2022 - 30 Apr 2022)
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