Posted 20 April 2010
Most people know Billy Bragg ( or the Bard of Barking as he’s known) for his no-nonsense socialist beliefs, but of course there’s the softer side to him – the man who penned many a heart string tugging love song. Pressure Drop – at the Wellcome Collection sees a collaboration between him, maverick theatre makers On Theatre and playwright Mick Gordon.
The play is performed in the ‘Promenade’ the audience stands in a space with four sections – an east end pub, a front room, a funeral parlour and a stage. The actors walk through the audience between pieces of the set. All this is accompanied by Billy Bragg and his band.
The play explores what it is to be English and is powerful stuff with each character struggling to define themselves in an ever changing society.
It’s based on the ideas raised in Billy Bragg’s book the Progressive Patriot and Billy has written several new songs just for this play.
It’s a thought provoking and exciting production – and performed incredibly well.