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The Political History of Smack and Crack

A twisted love story between two life-long addicts.

Tracing their lives from the epicentre of the Moss Side riots in 1981 to their present day survival on the streets of Manchester, Mandy and Neil chronicle the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

Winner of Summerhall’s Lustrum Award 2018 and Theatre503’s 2017 Play Writing Award Finalist, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation. Inspired by the playwright’s own experience in jail and rehab, it is shot through with home truths about the road to recovery, and it makes a triumphant return to HOME following its sell-out run at Push Festival 2018.

★★★★★ “Exceptional… riotously entertaining and deeply moving” – The Stage

★★★★★ “The simplicity and passion of the story-telling left me inspired; it relied on nothing more than a well-written script, a good heart and beautiful performances.” – The 730 Review

★★★★ “Not since Trainspotting has addiction been so entertaining.” – Lyn Gardner, Independent

★★★★ “As a love story it’s unexpectedly tender; as a social history its shockingly dark; as a piece of theatre it’s excellent’” – The Scotsman

★★★★ “It damningly shows how the personal can be fatally political” – The Guardian

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