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Long Story Short

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Transferring from a short run at the Pleasance, this new play examines the changes in the way the public now absorbs news and exchanges information. Using the arrival of Rupert Murdoch in the UK in 1968 as a counterpoint, Long Short Story follows the forced resignation of a television news editor in 2012 for compromising the safety of British troops in Afghanistan.

An undoubtedly stylish production designed with a strong sense of space by Georgia De Grey, the play threads through the different narratives using a heady mix of original music and bold physical theatre. Although it is credited with no fewer than three writers, the piece takes a good 20 minutes to get to the point. The stylish montages, throbbing music and Murdoch back-story being glossy padding for what is a contemporary newsroom drama.

Once there, this central story is told in an exciting and engaging manner, featuring a stoic Tom Gordon as editor Neil, taking a fall for his company and suffering beneath the weight of public opinion on social media. Cole Edwards makes a nervous, edgy Jamie, although it does, however, require a leap of faith to see this skittish, awkward teen turn into the dexterous, social media mogul for the epilogue.

Andrew Whyment’s bold direction keeps the pace frenetic to mirror the buzz of the newsroom but stripped of its flash, Long Story Short is a short television drama stretched out over a theatrical framework – accessible and colourful but ultimately slight.

  • Charing Cross Theatre, London
  • September 15-October 11, PN September 18
  • Authors: Andrew Whyment, Adam Foster, Lee Anderson
  • Director: Andrew Whyment
  • Design: Georgia De Grey production, Aaron J Dootson lighting, Jay Jones sound, Rhys Lewis music
  • Technical: Jordan Whitwell production manager, Jasmin Hay stage manager
  • Cast includes: Tom Gordon, Cole Edwards, Kevin Phelan, Cliodhna McCorley, Sam Jenkins-Shaw, Louisa Roberts
  • Producer: Squint, Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney
  • Running time: 1hr 30mins

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