The Bombing of the Grand Hotel at the Cockpit


Wildspark Theatre and The Cockpit Theatre will produce a new play by Julie Everton and Josie Melia, The Bombing of the Grand Hotel at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, north London, from 13 April to 2 May 2015 with an official opening on 15 April 2015.

"1984. The height of Thatcher's power. 30lbs of gelignite rip through 6 floors of the Grand Hotel Brighton, shattering the Tory conference. The most shocking attack on the British Government since Guy Fawkes. This new history play tells the story of the unlikely relationship between Pat Magee, who planted the bomb, and Jo Berry, whose father was killed in the blast. It asks if violence plays an inevitable part in the journey from civil conflict towards peace."

Directed by Paul Hodson, the drama has been developed with the support and co-operation of Jo Berry and Pat Magee and attempts to map the political pressures and personal triggers surrounding a key moment of extreme public violence within a continuing struggle for change.

The Bombing of the Grand Hotel is produced by Beccy Smith, a Brighton-based dramaturg and producer specialised in supporting the development of new work. Cast and further production team are yet to be announced.

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