We are delighted to announce that three4all theatre will present a reading of Alison Mead’s new play ‘Politic Man’ as part of She Writes (at Roundabout Nights) on 24 November.
Set in run down Bermondsey during two world wars, ‘Politic Man’ is the true story of Alfred Salter and his wife Ada, who between them, stood for local, mayoral and parliamentary elections throughout their lives while living and working in one of the most impoverished areas of London: Bermondsey.
They both shared strong convictions of integrity and hope and held high the principle of hard work for the good of the people. But while proving they were all in it together with their electorate, they put their own daughter’s welfare at risk – eventually losing her to scarlet fever.
When Alfred is elected MP in 1922, he is seen by his colleagues as a man of principle and by the opposition as a nuisance. His principle being “truth at all costs”.
The Salters began a revolution in this small and choking area of London, turning graveyards into playgrounds and encouraging the planting of trees and flowers on every street and in every yard. Their shared values created a better life for every inhabitant. A microcosm of an ideal world. The Salters suffered in their life while others prospered from their efforts. Can the ideal ever be achieved and is there a leader who can take us there?
See a preview of the new play on 24 November, 7.30pm.
She Writes at Roundabout Nights, The Alexandra, Chatham, ME4 6RJ