Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848426429Publication Date:
2 Mar 2017
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Ebook, 80 pages ISBN: 9781780018645Publication Date:
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First Staged:
Donmar Warehouse, London, 2017


By Steve Waters

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A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour Party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale. This is Britain 1981.

One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen's home in Limehouse, East London. They are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

Steve Waters' thrilling drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. Limehouse premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2017, directed by Polly Findlay. It is a fictionalised account of real events, and it is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

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'Bitterly funny... the story of the SDP is one of political history's most intriguing "what if's". Limehouse expertly adds to its mystique'


'Richly enjoyable… Steve Waters' deliciously well-written, quick-paced play is timely… the clash of politicians' vanities feels spot on'

Daily Mail

'A highly intelligent account of the birth of the SDP… Waters characterizes his protagonists with great clarity'

The Arts Desk

'Steve Waters sharply characterises each member of the gang and allows them a turn in the spotlight… admirably brings to life a key moment in postwar politics'


'A smart take on the Gang of Four… political drama of intellectual heft topped with a deliciously nimble-footed humour'

Evening Standard

'Funny, serious, timely… the glory of this surprisingly moving play is that it is no cynically hopeless Thick Of It. It does not despise politicians. It gives each of this ill-assorted quartet credit for real faith and real decisions'


'Intelligent and timely… fascinating contemporary parallels abound'

The Stage

'What starts as a thought-experiment evolves into a compelling political debate about the heart and soul of the British left… it's all so bloody brilliant. Smart, slick, sophisticated, and steeped in political history with a refreshing lack of grandeur'

Exeunt Magazine
Paperback,80 pages ISBN: 9781848426429Publication Date:
2 Mar 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook,80 pages ISBN: 9781780018645Publication Date:
2 Mar 2017
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Steve Waters:

The Secret Life of Plays
Out of Your Knowledge
The Last King of Scotland
Fast Labour
Death of a Cyclist
Why Can't We Live Together?
The Play About Calais
The Unthinkable
The Contingency Plan
On the Beach
The Contingency Plan
World Music
In a Vulnerable Place
Little Platoons
Steve Waters: Shorts

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