Dirty politics with If Only

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Fans of political dramas will be well served by David Edgar’s new play, If Only, which has its world premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre this week.

Angus Jackson, director of the 2013 Olivier Award-winning production Goodnight Mister Tom, returns with a witty and astute exploration of the moral dilemmas at the heart of coalition government.

It’s April 16, 2010, the day after the first prime ministerial debate. Stranded in Malaga Airport by the Icelandic ash-cloud, a Labour special advisor, a Lib Dem staffer and a Tory candidate consider their options. Can their parties survive without them? How will they get back home? And who’ll end up in government?

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Fast forward to August 4, 2014, when the three politicos meet again. One of them knows something that could change the outcome of the 2015 election. Should they reveal it? And at what cost?

If Only, being staged at CFT’s Minerva Theatre and stars Jamie Glover (Waterloo Road) as Tory candidate Peter; Martin Hutson plays Labour advisor Sam and Charlotte Lucas represents the Lib-Dems.

If Only runs until July 27. For tickets go to www.cft.org.uk or contact the box office on 01243 781312.