It’s 2045. The streets of London are a dangerous place, and civilised folk from wealthy countries like Australia and the USA don’t venture in them except in groups and with a guide.  But Michael, an American doctor, is determined to see the harsh underbelly of this teeming, poverty-stricken city – the London that’s hidden underneath railway bridges and on the Embankment. What he finds there will change his life.

Characters:
Jane, an Australian tourist guide (forties)
Michael, an American doctor (thirties)
A securityforcer (forties)
Freddie, a derelict (sixties)
Jack, a derelict (forties)
Catherine, Freddie’s daughter (thirties)
Chuck Waldgren, an American businessman (sixties)

 

What They Say About "The London Spring"

As a dystopian satire in the tradition of 1984 or A Clockwork Orange, his play has a graphic vividness... The virtue of Beckett's nightmare vision lies in its Orwellian detail and suggestion that the future contains echoes of the present.
Michael Billington, The Guardian

He takes the big society to its ugly, logical conclusion and asks us whether we like what we see. The results are convincing and unsettling.
Tom Rollins, Camden New Journal

The play invites us to see ourselves as others see us when we visit poor countries in Africa and the Middle East.  Before you next travel to such a country, I urge you to see it.
Peter Wilby, New Statesman

An accomplished attempt to address through art the market economics that defines our politics.
Sebastien Mann, Total Politics

Don't miss out on this fascinating insight into recent world politics... notable because it resonates so strongly with current events, and because it is perfectly timed. The theatrical device of placing Londoners as third-world beggars works marvellously.
Everything Fringe Theatre

The London Spring first appeared at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden Town, London NW1, on March 6 2012, with the following cast:

JANE.................................CHLOE WALSH
MICHAEL...........................MIKE DURAN
SECURITYFORCER..............DANNY KENNEDY
FREDDIE............................LUCIEN MORGAN
JACK.................................MICHAEL YALE
CATHERINE.......................SUZANNE KENDALL
CHUCK WALDGREN...........NED MONAGHAN
Director: Christine Kimberley
Fight director: Lyndall Grant
Stage manager and sound director: Ricky Russell

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