"The history of Manchester jumps off its axis. The history of England jumps off its axis. 2 a.m., 8th July, 1981, all the major cities of England burn."
"There is maybe nothing better at the whole [Edinburgh] festival… a riotously entertaining and deeply moving drama-cum-documentary… it's stylishly done, burning with a broad, Northern humour and a galvanising anti-Tory bite. It's energetic, too. Effervescent almost. Think Trainspotting, relocated 200 miles south and injected with a bitter dose of politics."The Stage
"An unsparing portrait of addiction… a desperate love story is set against a broader picture of government hostility in Ed Edwards' gritty two-hander."The Guardian
"Not since Trainspotting has addiction been so entertaining… Edwards treats his characters with both affection and dignity."Independent
"Deftly and persuasively puts the story of the titular opiates' rise in popularity in this country into perspective... Edwards' points are compelling and shocking, but what's most affecting is the characters' story. Even if you've never come near the sort of world they inhabit, it's not hard to understand their journey, or how easy it could be to get to where they each are."WhatsOnStage
Political History of Smack and Crack, The Script
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Crackling with anger, humour and authenticity, Ed Edwards' play The Political History of Smack and Crack chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.