Arts Dra­mas out of a cri­sis: nine films for Brexit Bri­tain

The Guardian - - NATIONAL BREXIT -

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

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