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Pressure Drop, Wellcome Collection

Pressure Drop, Wellcome Collection

Billy Bragg plays new songs in a gritty drama confronting the rise of far-right politics

The liberal meets the far-right hard nut in a play exploring English identity
Four podia occupy the Wellcome Collection’s temporary gallery space. Three are stage sets: a living room, a pub and a funeral parlour, all recognisable as “typical” working class - in fact, the living room might have been based on Pauline Fowler’s dog-eared front room. The fourth, placed further back, is where Billy Bragg will intercut the dramatic action with a new set of songs with his three-piece band, plus engage in a bit of ad-lib banter that will direct the audience back and forth across the promenade auditorium.

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