Civil Liberty vs State Oppression: Regulation 18B – No Free Man


The Maltings Theatre sees a return to the stage for Scott W Wright’s compelling one act play Regulation 18B – No Free Man, directed by Sylvia Wympenny and starring Peter Pearson (Radio 4), Jess Hadleigh and Jeremy Radburn, at 7.30pm on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2016.

Based on true events from the time of the Blitz, when Britain stood alone against Nazi terror, one man – the eminent and admired Lord Atkin – must decide a case that could be the culmination of his storied career as a judge – or could tarnish his reputation forever. He must decide how to strike the balance between civil liberty and wartime demands for stronger security in the face of worldwide terror. Sparks fly when those closest to him begin to question not only the judgment he plans to write but even their faith in the man they have so long admired.

Jess Hadleigh, who plays Betty, Lord Atkin’s daughter, said: “Regulation 18B has great relevance to what’s going on today, for all of us, and how we’re affected in terms of the balance between what we fear is going to happen to us in regards to the protection by the state of its subjects, what we morally think is right and our own civil liberties”.  With the recent announced intention by the Government to disapply the European Convention on Human Rights in times of war, the themes of this play could not be more topical.

The Maltings artistic director, Adam Nichols, said: “To have such an important, relevant piece of theatre here at The Maltings is very exciting and the fact that it’s performed in one act, makes it all the more compelling’.

There will be a panel session following each performance.