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Michael McManus’ An Honourable Man premieres at the White Bear Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN Honourable Man, Michael McManus’ disquieting, funny and touching play about the rise of a new populist political party in the UK, premieres at the White Bear Theatre from November 20 to December 8, 2018.

The script has been revised and upated to keep pace with current events and the fast-changing political landscape and after feedback from an acclaimed sold-out workshop in June.

Brexit? Never mind Brexit. What if the Brexit vote, UKIP, even the BNP and the EDL – what if all that was just the beginning?

Joe Newman is the mainstream Labour MP for a traditional, working-class constituency in the North of England – until Momentum try to oust him. Unwittingly they unleash a tide that could destroy not only Labour and the Conservatives – but also every assumption anyone has ever made about what is acceptable in the mainstream of British politics.

An Honourable Man is directed by Jolley Gosnold and performed by Timothy Harker, Lisa Bowerman, Max Keeble, Thomas Mahy, Dee Sadler and Annie Tyson.

An Honourable Man is the debut play by Michael McManus, who said: “When I first drafted this play in 2015, it seemed far-fetched to many people. Labour MPs being deselected in the near future? The rise of populism? Cult of personality? Here? In Britain? Now my actors, my director and I are all running hard, just to keep ahead of reality; and we can be confident life will go on imitating art, even during our three-week run. I just hope my old friend Frank Field doesn’t do anything too dramatic!”

Michael McManus is an author, political adviser and journalist. His most recent book, Edward Heath: A Singular Life (Elliott & Thompson, 2016), was widely praised and featured as Book of the Week in The Daily Mail. Other books include biographies of the one-time Liberal leader Jo Grimond and the actor Nicholas Courtney; and a history of the Conservative Party and LGBT rights.

Image: The cast: back row, Max Keeble, Timothy Harker and Lisa Bowerman; front row, Annie Tyson, Thomas Mahy and Dee Sadler.

Tickets: £18 and £12 concessions including booking fee. To book, call 0333 012 4963 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 4pm.