Mixed up North at Wilton’s, E1 – New Play examines racism in Burnley

Robin Soans’s play is set in a drama club for young people in Burnley, Lancashire, where the BNP has influence.

There are some pretty mixed-up people in the northern towns, where the old industries have disappeared and unemployment would be high even without a recession. There are also plenty of cross-cultural relationships in towns where an influx of Asian people means that there is quite a racial mix. The moral and intellectual strength of Robin Soans’s ambiguously titled Mixed up North (a touring production from Out of Joint), though perhaps also its dramatic weakness, is that the author sees the complexities of life in places that southerners tend to regard as faintly barbaric but happily distant.

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