A Hero of the People

Made at Sherman Theatre

Written by Brad Birch

Directed by Joe Murphy



13 - 28 May 2022
Various times

Further details

  • Language: English
  • Space: Studio
  • Socially distanced performances: 26 & 28 May 2.00pm
Important Information

This show contains strong language, flickering lights, and references to suicide and drug use.

A reimagining of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

Hero or Enemy, who can actually tell the difference?

Everything is going to be fine, better than fine, in fact there’s nothing that can’t be achieved if everyone just believes a little.

That’s what the town’s MP, Mick, thinks. He’s optimistic, positively boosterish about his plan for the town. He just wants the naysayers to pipe down. But there’s a problem. His sister, Dr Rhiannon Powell, has discovered that the project appears to be polluting the town’s water supply. Mick sold the town a story about the future, but what will happen when reality looks to tear that story apart?

Is Mick a hero of the people, or is he in fact their enemy?

Brad Birch’s bold new reimagining of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People pits the personal against the political and facts against emotion. A Hero of the People is a gripping contemporary drama for 2022.

Post Show Talk:
On Tuesday 24 May there will be a post-show discussion after the performance. Joining us to discuss the play will be:

  • Dr Carrie Westwater – Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
  • Dr Marta Minier – Associate Professor of Theatre and Media Drama (USW)
  • Rahim Elhabachi – Writer, Theatre Maker and Assocate Artist at NTW

This event will be BSL interpreted.


Please note that audience members are no longer required to show an NHS Covid pass to gain entry to a performance.
The wearing of masks is encouraged.
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