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Actor talks about his lead role in new political thriller
From television soap to political thriller on the live stage - that is the journey undertaken by actor Jeremy Edwards who is touring the UK in a new play billed as 'the most scandalous thriller of the year'. Dead Lies, which has been written by leading crime novelist Hilary Bonner, is enjoying its world premiere this Spring with a tour that sees it visit the Lichfield Garrick theatre for almost a week between May 24 and 29. The play, inspired by the Jeremy Thorpe scandal of the 1970s, is set against the political backdrop of current day Westminster, with the action taking place during a fiercely fought election campaign. WeekendNotes caught up with Jeremy Edwards, who audiences may well recognise from his stints in soap opera Hollyoaks and medical drama Holby City. He takes on the role of wannabe Prime Minister Peter George.

Jeremy Edwards
Jeremy Edwards is starring in new political thriller Dead Lies


So how does Jeremy feel about having the lead in a world premiere production? He said: "I'm very excited to take on the challenge of this new play. It is an exciting piece of work that combines a wonderful writing with a twisty story and addresses issues of the day at the same time. This has to be a world first. This is a fantastic opportunity for me. The play has that rare combination of the right script at the right time. I have been waiting for such a strong piece of drama to come along for quite some time, not only because it is sexy, scandalous and mysterious, it is incredibly on point, I'm delighted." Jeremy describes his character as an "honest politician" who wants to make the world a better place and believes he is the man to do it. "I can relate to him as I've always secretly had political aspirations and I would certainly agree with all his policies," added Jeremy. I think it will be interesting to see our audience responses to his speeches as I think they will certainly ring true for today and may chime with people in an interesting way."

Dead Lies, Jeremy Edwards
The play is based around an ambitious would-be Prime Minister


So how did he find working closely with writer Hilary Bonner on the play? Jeremy said it had not been daunting at all. "I adore her. I love crime fiction, I read that obsessively, so it has been wonderful to work with one of the UK's top crime writers. As we're speaking, we're at early stages so the character will develop but I feel very different when I am Peter, I like being Peter, I feel comfortable and that's always a good sign." Jeremy said of Dead Lies: "This is a rollercoaster show which will keep you guessing until the very last minute. It's also great to support new writing. There will be some fantastic performances, a stunning set and it may make you think about politics…whilst trying to solve a mystery!"

Lichfield Garrick
Dead Lies comes to the Lichfield Garrick in May


Dead Lies runs at the Lichfield Garrick from May 24 to 29 with performances starting at 7.30pm plus matinees at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th. Tickets priced from £27 are available by visiting the theatre website at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Enjoy the world premiere of a political thriller coming to a stage near you
When: May 24 to 29
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets from £27
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