New satire about Whitehall expenses scandal at The Tabard
The Tabard Theatre presents the première of Stiffed!, a new satire about the Whitehall expenses scandal.
Written by John Higginson (Political Editor for Metro) and Clodagh Hartley (Whitehall Editor of The Sun) Stiffed! is a riotous satire giving a sneak peak on the inner workings of parliament, the press and politicians.
The tale follows progressive Quentin Dellaware who has just picked up a Tory seat in a landslide by-election. Keen to make a difference, he is swiftly shown the status quo by his old school chum George Moore-Lys.
Meanwhile, Labour front-bencher Paula Stiff is pressing for a fairer Britain with the help of her husband-cum-aide Marty whose real passion is toy trains. Which would all be politics as usual except that young Sally Pauper, an aspiring journalist, aims to make her mark by uncovering the biggest parliamentary story since the gunpowder plot.
John Higginson is Political Editor for Metro and been working inside parliament since Gordon Brown took office. He had the scoop on exposing the notorious shoe bomber, first to tell the world that Britney Spears was married (for a second time) and wrote an expose that forced Elanor Laing MP to repay back £20,000 in expenses. Clodagh Hartley is Whitehall Editor for the Sun and been based in the House of Commons before, during and after the expenses scandal. Together, they have pooled their inside knowledge and written an hilarious account of the breaking of the scandal and how all sides of the political divide tried to cope.
With a general election looming, there has never been a better time to reflect on the political scandal that engulfed our democratic state last year. We may have read the receipts but we haven't heard the full story and certainly not like this.