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Issue No. 2248

Lines is a clever play about the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

The play imagines that a documentary play—featuring interviews with those involved on the day—was staged just months after the incident.

An actor portraying one of the police officers interviewed by the “playwright” is stabbed to death by the PC himself— outraged that he had been misrepresented and ridiculed on stage.

It’s a clever exploration of theatre’s potential wider impact and the level of responsibility drama should take when representing real people on stage.


A play by James Fritz

5-30 April, Rosemary Branch Theatre, London, N1 3DT

Tickets: £12 /£10

020 7704 6665 or

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Tue 19 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2248
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