Theatre’s parliament posturing at Pavilion

THIS HOUSE by Graham,                        , Writer �' James Graham, Director �' Jeremy Herrin, Designer �' Rae Smith, Lighting �' Paule Constable, The National Theatre 2012, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /
THIS HOUSE by Graham, , Writer �' James Graham, Director �' Jeremy Herrin, Designer �' Rae Smith, Lighting �' Paule Constable, The National Theatre 2012, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

Westminster rings with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation.

In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fistfights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.

Sound familiar? It’s not an account of the current state of UK politics, but instead a summary of James Graham’s new play This House, being screened across the country with National Theatre Live.

Based in 1974, The Olivier Award nominated piece aims to “strip politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the mother of all parliaments”, according to an NT Live spokeswoman.

The Heart of Hawick screening is already sold out, but tickets are still available for the Pavilion Cinema screening on Thursday, May 16. It starts at 7pm and briefs are £16. Phone 01896 752767 for more information.