What Shadows
Paperback, 104 pages ISBN: 9781848426276Publication Date:
27 Oct 2016
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook, 104 pages ISBN: 9781780018362Publication Date:
27 Oct 2016
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Birmingham Rep, 2016

What Shadows

By Chris Hannan

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1968. Midlands MP Enoch Powell has something to say. Something he feels needs to be said. Something that could divide Britain forever.

1992. Rose Cruickshank, a black Oxford academic, wants answers. Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech, with its controversial words about immigration, shattered her childhood and now she is driven to confront both the man who made the speech and her own troubled identity. Will a meeting with Enoch resolve the conflicts that are tearing her – and the country – apart?

Chris Hannan's powerful play, What Shadows, is a searing look at identity and immigration within a bitterly divided country. It premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2016, in a production directed by Roxana Silbert and starring Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell. The play was revived at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh in 2017, before transferring to Park Theatre, London.

‘I was a storm. I was also a man entirely alone in a storm. There were forces beyond my control and I was one of them.’

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'Chilling... the most provocative theatrical act of the decade'


'An emotive play, dealing with a subject that resonates in the current climate... it would be easy to sensationalise, but Hannan's writing ensures it steers clear of that path, making it, if anything, more chilling... like Powell in his heydey, it is hypnotising. It is simultaneously thoughtful, thought-provoking and difficult to watch'

The Reviews Hub

'A visceral play… Powell seems from another age except that some of his concerns, Islamic fundamentalism and the disenfranchised working class, are the stuff of Brexit Britain'

The Times

'A timely, intelligent, and often poetic play about immigration, identity and the power of words to inflame'

The Stage
Paperback,104 pages ISBN: 9781848426276Publication Date:
27 Oct 2016
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook,104 pages ISBN: 9781780018362Publication Date:
27 Oct 2016
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Chris Hannan:

Elizabeth Gordon Quinn
The Baby
Elizabeth Gordon Quinn
The God of Soho
Crime and Punishment
Shining Souls
The Evil Doers

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