New writing exploring race and class tensions in modern Britain
This article is from 2010.
We hear a lot about the violence and tensions of inner city life, yet in many respects a nation’s temperature is taken through its small and medium-sized towns. Dramatist Jack Thorne certainly thinks so, and his new play uses his hometown of Luton to make the point. In the monologue, a young white woman relives a violent incident involving her black boyfriend and an Asian youth. A quest for revenge becomes an anatomy of modern Britain’s ills.
‘I love Luton, but I’ve never heard any more casual racism than I have in the last five years here,’ says Thorne. ‘In a way, the town is fascinating because of its racism.’ A lot of the play is about racism inside the Asian community, but it’s also about class, which muddies the waters as well. ‘Behind the girl who tells the story is an animation where you see the things that she sees in her journey through the town, and in a sense Luton is one of the characters.’
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