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Little Madam
On from 02 Oct 2007 till 27 Oct 2007
Finborough Theatre
by James Graham
Genre(s): New Writing

About: Little Madam

"It isn’t that I always insist on being right, father, it is that everyone else always seems to insist on being wrong!"

Margaret has been sent upstairs again. And she’s not to come down from her room above the grocer's shop in Grantham until she says sorry. But that’s all right. Because hidden in the toy chest is Teddy. And in the wardrobe is Jonathan. And under the bed is Cecil Parkinson. And so Margaret goes on a fantastical journey, transforming from the young Miss Roberts into the formidable Mrs Thatcher, in order to escape her past, reconcile her present, and prepare for her future. But will she be able to summon up the strength to apologise? And should she have to..?

An extraordinary flight of fancy through the political landscape of the late 20th Century, exploring the nature of sacrifice and the price of power as seen through the 12 year old eyes of Britain’s most divisive Prime Minister…

James Graham is Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre. His first full length play, Coal Not Dole! (2002), based on the experiences of his local mining community, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival before touring regionally. Little Madam is James's third play commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, following Albert's Boy (2005), starring Victor Spinetti, which earned James a prestigious Pearson Award bursary, and Eden's Empire (2006) – “Gripping…a dramatic piece of living history” Michael Billington, The Guardian “Graham’s nuanced, intelligent play” Time Out. Both plays were published by Methuen. James was the Finborough Theatre’s nomination to the BBC and Royal Court’s programme for young writers, ‘The 50’, celebrating the Royal Court’s 50th anniversary. His original television comedy-drama, Caught in a Trap has been commissioned by producers Greenlit.

Kate Wasserberg is the Finborough Theatre’s Associate Director. She has directed The Representative and I Wish to Die Singing (both at the Finborough Theatre), Young Vic Schools Festival (Young Vic), Test Drive (Soho Theatre Studio) and Doing Lines (The Pleasance). Assistant Directing includes Holding Fire! (Shakespeare’s Globe), How Much Is Your Iron? (Young Vic), The Measures Taken (Sphinx Theatre Company), Passion and Politics (Young Vic), The Blue Room (Theatre Royal Bath) and Gates of Gold and The Gigli Concert (Finborough Theatre).

Reviews

The Press on James Graham
“Gripping…a dramatic piece of living history” Michael Billington, The Guardian on Eden’s Empire
“Graham’s nuanced, intelligent play” Time Out on Eden’s Empire
“James Graham has written a lucid and gripping account” The Independent on Eden’s Empire
“ Fringe theatre at its best!” The Stage on Albert’s Boy

The Press on Kate Wasserberg
“One of the Top Five Shows in London…Kate Wasserberg directs an admirably incisive and complex study in the ethics of politics.” The Independenton The Representative
“ Wasserberg’s direction keeps the action lucid and atmospheric.” The Times on The Representative

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