Paige Britain is the ambitious, morally-bankrupt young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.But when Paige starts living as a self described ‘super hero with special powers’, after discovering the benefits of illegal phone tapping, she risks putting herself and the many people around her into murky, morally dubious and dangerous territory.
This large-scale ensemble comedy successfully lampoons the recent past, making current events a timeless source of satire.
Reviews‘Astounding. The most detailed stage satire I have ever seen.’ **** Financial Times
‘Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.’ **** The Guardian
‘Laughter-making on an industrial scale. The NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.’ **** The Independent
‘It’s a loud, rambunctious, fast-moving and foul-mouthed entertainment packed with lurid characters and vulgar jokes. And if one joke doesn’t work, another will be along two seconds later. Never has corruption been this funny’ **** The Telegraph
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Press and their roles at the start of Act 1
Paige – late 20s or early 30s, journalist
Garth – 40s O’Leary business executive
Wilson – late 50s Editor
Jackie – 30s ex page 7 girl, now picture editor
Tina – 20s celebrity desk
Larry – 50s crime desk
Wallace – tv column, How Big’s Your Telly!
Maddy – 40s royal correspondent
Marcus – 30s investigative reporter (Black British)
Gemma – 30s foreign desk
Howard – 50s senior journalist
Billy Kayne – The Legend 68 sports desk
Paschal O’Leary – 60s owner
Boris Tudor – 70s
Clarissa Kingston-Mills – 60s
Stella Stone – 20s celebrity
Wendy Klinkard – 30s in a wheelchair
Police Doyle Davidson – 30s
Mac MacManaman – 50s
Suliman (Sully) Kassam – 40s of Pakistani ethnicity
DI Cram – 30s
Jonathan Whey – 40s
St. John – 30s
Diane Bendall – 40s
Police, waiters, other press as required.
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)