Profound questions, no profound answers

A play about the 2011 summer riots: Archie W Maddocks, ‘Mottled lines’ (director: Henry Bell)

Published in Weekly Worker, 19th July 2012

Inspired by the outbreak of underclass rage that rocked the UK in August 2011 and dedicated to “those who rioted and those who didn’t”, Mottled lines is the debut of the 23-year-old playwright Archie W Maddocks. At its sharpest, the play accurately captures the psychological and ideological motivation of its protagonists – in the case of its two Tory characters frighteningly so. At its wobbliest, it appeals to nothing more progressive than the idea that people should be nicer to each other. Continue reading ‘Profound questions, no profound answers’

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Tottenham riots sparked it all

Published in Weekly Worker, 11th August 2011

On Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the police had been instructed to use a new tactic to contain the public anger: grin. The area around Tottenham police station, which had been subject to severe rioting the previous night, was cordoned off by the boys and girls in blue, each of them sporting an unpersuasive, frozen smile. Continue reading