Arts Dramas out of a crisis: nine films for Brexit Britain
Nine leading playwrights from around the UK have written a series of online dramas responding to the causes and consequences of the EU referendum result. Brexit Shorts: Dramas from a Divided Nation, a co-production by the Guardian and Headlong theatre company, is launched on the Guardian’s website today.
They explore complex issues of national identity and conflict from a range of perspectives and are predominantly set in areas of personal significance to the playwrights, with many of the films shot on location.
Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Joanna Scanlan and Steffan Rhodri are among the stars performing the monologues by writers including Abi Morgan, Meera Syal, Maxine Peake and David Hare.
In Hare’s drama, Time to Leave, Scott Thomas plays a leave voter who reflects that, a year on, the result “doesn’t seem to have made anyone happy”. She concludes: “We voted to leave Europe. But that’s not what we wanted. We wanted to leave England.”
Hare says he believes the outcome of this month’s general election is “proof that the country is not gung-ho for leaving the EU regardless” and a “reality check for that part of the country that behaved as if this issue had been settled definitively by the referendum. It left the country as divided as it has always