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Who are “the people”?

Three new political plays invoke the idea of the people, two with naive gusto and one more sceptically

By Sameer Rahim  

Paul Chahidi (Bill Rodgers), Roger Allam (Roy Jenkins), Debra Gillett (Shirley Williams) and Tom Goodman-Hill (David Owen) in Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse

Right from its origins in Ancient Greece theatre has been the site of political argument. People with opposing perspectives clash over the best course of action. Can we bury that traitor inside the city walls? Should I kill my murderous uncle? Sitting in judgement is the audience—the embodiment of “the people.” Ah, the people. That mythical constituency in whose name so much is claimed. Yet…

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