Clarke & Co Field Questions on Three DaysDate: 8 November 2011
Last night over 100 theatregoers made their way to Trafalgar Studios 1 to see Warren Clarke take to the stage, for the first time in over a decade, as Winston Churchill in Three Days in May, Ben Brown’s political thriller which takes us behind the doors of Number Ten during three of the most pivotal days in British history when, extraordinarily, giving in to Hitler was considered by some to be a viable option.
Having urgently assembled the British war cabinet, the new Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is suddenly confronted with an intense game of political chess as he tries to persuade peace treaty supporters, including Neville Chamberlain that Britain must not give in. Divided on whether to negotiate terms through Mussolini or escalate the battle against fascism alone, one man has to make a monumental decision which will shape the future of the free world…
A fascinating time in British history this play brought to life the political twists and turns which must make up every war and gave them a very human face. By highlighting the depths of the debates and indecision, along with the fact that action must be taken based on speculation and hope in the face of adversity, Brown has created a thriller which is as interesting as it is compelling.
Following the show the whole cast joined us for a really interesting and insightful Q&A which covered the relevance of the piece in the current climate, tackling such iconic figures and the preparation that requires as well as challenges faced by politicians in the media today.
As always, please feel free to email your comments and thoughts about the play, as well as any of your favourite insights from last night to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.