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A prescient Porter play

01 June, 2018

Jessica Martin and Jack Klaff in Shirleymander

JULIUS Hogben – a former BBC technician who has lived in Queen’s Park for almost 40 years – was one of the first to see Shirleymander, a play about Shirley Porter at the Playground Theatre.

He reports back to Diary that the play is “superbly written, directed and acted” and that the story is told “in a remarkably humane and entertaining way”.

He said the council’s sale of public land on the cheap, the dumping of “working class families in condemned flats”, the destruction of council housing, and moving low-income families out of the borough are policies being carried out by cash-strapped councils “of all political colours” today.

He added: “Injustice and inequality thrive. The new Playground Theatre is in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. All of us live in its shadow. Remember Dame Shirley Porter!”

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