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Heated discussions caused over miners' dark comedy about Thatcher

PUBLISHED: 11:43 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, The NUM, with other unions is bringing the excellent dark comedy Maggie’s End to London’s Shaw Theatre in Euston Road from April 7 to18 , a cutting edge drama about thew 1974 miners' national strike that starts with the death’ of Margaret Thatcher. It caused heated discussions at its premiere in Durham

Dear Ed,

TEENAGERS and youngsters in their 20s seem every bit as political’ as past generations. I have spoken at public meetings all over the country on the anniversary of the miners’ strike which began 25 years ago this month.

I was in London last week to address one of these meetings and was astounded to see the number of young people attending. Many told me afterwards that they were studying politics at school, college and university.

The NUM, with other unions such as Unison, Unite, the GMB and RMT, are bringing the excellent dark comedy Maggie’s End to London’s Shaw Theatre in Euston Road (next to King’s Cross railway station) from April 7 to18.

Maggie’s End is a cutting edge drama that starts with the death’ of Margaret Thatcher and focuses on New Labour’s intention of giving her a state funeral. It is a play every politics student, lecturer and teacher should see. It caused heated discussions at its premiere in Durham—not just at the end, but also during the interval.

For the first time in many years, impassioned political debate could be heard, something every politics student should be involved in.

Davey Hopper

Secretary, North East Area

National Union of Mineworkers

Redhills, Durham


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