The next Mary Quaile Club event will be on Saturday 27 September. Following on from our screening of The Spongers this will be a rare screening of United Kingdom, also written by Jim Allen. The event will begin at 1pm with an introductory talk by Andy Willis, lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Salford, followed by the screening. There will then be a discussion on the issues raised in the play.
The venue is Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG. Tel 0161 834 4517.
Entrance is £3, payable on the door. To reserve places, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
United Kingdom was first broadcast by the BBC on 8 December 1981 in its Play for Today series. The producer was Kenith Trodd, the director was Roland Joffe. The cast included Colin Welland, Val McLane, Bill Paterson, Rosemary Martin and Ricky Tomlinson.
The Radio Times preview of the drama said, “Kath the housewife and McBride the Chief Constable – normally their paths would not cross. But in hard times the struggle to stay alive creates desperate alliances and conflicts. Kath has to go out and fight for her family. McBride’s men must “rule the streets” Must somebody be the loser?
The Jim Allen collection of scripts and correspondence is held at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.