About the Show

A new play by Paul Magson

It’s 1965 and Britain is caught up in the euphoria of the Swinging Sixties.

The time of the Space Race.
The Beatles.
The Miniskirt

Yet racial tensions are at breaking point.

In Smethwick, a campaign mounts to keep Marshall Street ‘white’. The Conservatives take the local seat with the campaign slogan “If  you want a n****r for a neighbour, vote Labour.”

The Indian Workers Association reaches out to Malcolm X, who, disturbed by reports, comes to see for himself. 9 days later, he is assassinated in New York.

As we grapple with Brexit, Boris, Trump, hate crime and ‘fake news’, Marshall Street invites us to reflect on this explosive moment in our recent history. And urges us to ask the question – has anything really changed?

“I have heard that colored people are being treated as Jews were under Hitler. I would not wait for the fascist elements in Smethwick to erect gas ovens.” – Malcolm X

Marshall Street toured local venues Sep & Oct 2019 and was seen by over 400 people at:

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Thimblemill Library, Smethwick
Birmingham Hippodrome
Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
CAP Centre, Smethwick
Smethwick Library

We are currently planning for the future life of ‘Marshall Street’

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Funded by Arts Council England

Support by Black Country Touring

Supported by Old Joint Stock Theatre’s Open Doors initiative