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Young Vic and Eclipse theatre bring “SUS” to Manchester

03 Jun 2010

One of the most provocative, hard-hitting and disturbing dramas of recent years is coming to The University of Manchester's Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama tomorrow (4 June).

Actor Clint Dyer performing  a scene from Sus
Actor Clint Dyer performing a scene from Sus

SUS, the multi-award winning play by Barrie Keeffe is a timely revival set on election night in 1979. Britain is on the cusp of change.

Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an East London police station exchange bets on which Party will win. Delroy is brought in ‘on suspicion’. The interrogation will last all night.

In Britain, until it was repealed in 1981, the notorious Sus law was the informal name for a stop-and search law that permitted a police officer to act on suspicions, or ‘sus’ alone.

Subsequent 2007 anti-terror legislation grants British police similar powers. Sus is a powerful cry against institutional racism and the abuse of power in the early days of Thatcherism.

There will be performances at 2pm and 7.30pm and directly after the 2pm matinee show there will be a Q&A session with the director and some of the cast.

Notes for editors

Last few tickets remaining for the matinee priced at £5 each. To reserve your ticket contact the box office on 0161 275 8951 or email

For more details contact:
Anne-Marie Nugnes
Marketing and Communications Officer
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
The University of Manchester
0161 275 8322