Our correspondent in London had the chance of meeting Martin outside the theatre after yesterday’s performance and she kindly provided us with lovely photos that you can see in our updated gallery. She’s seeing the play in the next few days so watch this space for new exclusive photos!
Earlier today Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig were in Front Row talking to Stig Abell about Labour of Love. You can listen worldwide here for the next 29 days or download the episode here. Their interview goes from 12:28 to 23:20.
Tamsin Greig and Martin Freeman discuss James Graham’s new play Labour of Love, about the three decade battle between old and new Labour in a North Nottinghamshire constituency, in which they play a labour party agent and an MP.
A project we thought long lost has arisen with news! The Dog With The Woman —a short film telling the story of Alice Wilson (Amanda Burton) and her stepdaughter Katherie Wilson (Brid Arnstein) through the cynical eyes of her pet dog Charlie (voiced by Martin Freeman)— will be premiering at the San Diego International Film Festival in October, with a second screening at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November.
The short is directed by Phoebe Arnstein and Stephen Ledger-Lomas and written by Brid Arnstein.
As part of the promotion for Labour of Love, opening tomorrow at the Noël Coward Theatre, Martin gave a small interview to Andrzej Lukowski. Here is the transcript:
Martin Freeman on Labour, Corbyn and why you should never call him an everyman
The star of ‘The Office’, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Sherlock’ plays an ambitious MP in ‘Labour of Love’, James Graham’s epic new comedy about the Labour Party
You’re a Labour Party member – did that influence your decision to do this play?
‘It might help a little that I’m more Labour than anything else, but I just like good writing; it could easily have been about the Tory Party.’
What are the play’s politics?
‘What is put really, really well is the potential passion of the centre. There’s a great line: for us to get into power we’ll need all our lot to vote for us, and then some Tories too. This country is a “small C” conservative country – when we’ve had a Labour government it’s because we’ve had to reach across that border to the so-called enemy.’
What’s the story with your character, Nottinghamshire MP David Lyons?
‘It’s about his marriage, his work, his relationship with his constituency agent, who’s played by Tamsin Greig. She’s more traditional left, and when I come up in 1990 looking like a bank manager, I am a threat to everything she holds dear. What the play gives you is a great window inside what might have been the thinking behind New Labour. I remember being 17 and thinking: What is this bullshit? But obviously Mandelson wasn’t waking up thinking: I’m going to be a real twat today. He wanted to get Labour into power because he is Labour to his bones.’
Were you ever courted by New Labour?
‘No, not at all. I think “The Office” was a bit too hip for New Labour, it was a bit too BBC2; they were a bit more Noel Gallagher and Chris Evans.’
‘Blairite’ is a bit of a dirty word in Labour these days – how do you feel about it?
‘I think you can get too swept up in name-calling, I’m less interested in that than I was a few years ago. I just feel whatever works: if it builds schools and opens hospitals and funds the police and helps people with housing I’m like: yeah, fine, I don’t care what you want to call it.’
What do you make of Jeremy Corbyn?
‘When I voted for him to be leader I knew that all that T-shirt and badge politics was nonsense: surrounding yourself with people who agree with you is useless, pointless. It’s just that he happened to say things that chimed with me more than the other three. That was it. He said stuff I wanted Labour to be saying. I think he wants a fair country and that is the job of a Labour leader.’
You were last on stage as Richard III. Was there a sense of going against type in playing theatre’s most famous villain?
‘If somebody of [director] Jamie Lloyd’s quality says “Do you want to do ‘Richard III?”, you say yes. I mean I read some fucking bullshit with that. Guess what, somebody’s going to call me an everyman – astonishing! Where have you pulled that from? Smart people… think of the most venerated drama critics, and they’re comparing it to “The Office”. Lazy.’
You’re not a fan of constantly being described as an ‘everyman’, then?
‘It’s just so amazingly boring. It’s a bland word that I don’t take as a compliment at all. Even if you mean it as a compliment, find another fucking word! These cunts write for a living – there are other fucking words, bitch!’
Click here for more info on Labour of Love and to buy tickets.
As promised, we’ve uploaded some UHQ photos of Martin arriving and leaving BBC Radio 2 Wogan House yesterday for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Click on the photos below to go to our gallery to view all of them in full size and while you are there check out some new photos that BBC Radio 2 instagram account uploaded too, that can also be found in the gallery.
A lot of nice photos, videos and clips became available after this morning’s Martin’s apperance in BBC Radio 2 “The Chris Evans Breakfast show” in which both Martin and Tamsin Greig – his co-star in Labour of Love – talked about the play and enjoyed a live performance by The Fizz which included some dancing.
Some photos came from Social Media, click on the photos to access larger versions:
Even a lucky fan:
Then there were some uploads from the programme’s website featuring Martin and Tamsin, click on the photos to go to the Gallery and find larger versions:
There are several clips from the show. You can listen and watch them here. If you want to listen to the entire show (Martin and Tamsin appears during the last hour aproximately, i’d say 8:30 am considering the show starts at 6:30), you can do so from the BBC website here but only for 29 days. There’s no country restrictions for this. But we’ve uploaded the entire audio here (important: 420mb m4a file).
As if that’s NOT enough, a band called The Fizz played some songs during the show and for their last performance they played their own cover of DNCE’s Cake By The Ocean. Luckily, this performance during the show has a video and you can watch them on the BBC website here, or you can also download the video if you want (we’ve uploaded it for you, it’s an HQ 37mb mp4 file). But I’m sure you want a little preview, don’t you?
Last but definitely not least, we have some UHQ photos of Martin arriving and leaving BBC’s studios at Wogan House. We’ll make a separe post for that later! So watch this space!
As you probably know by now, when Labour of Love was announced they said that they were going to be offering 20000 tickets at £10, sponsored by more expensive tickets (that range from £40ish, £60is and £90ish). They probably – as it usually happens in plays – they didn’t released all of them at once and today they are announcing that more £10 tickets are available to be purchased. So if you were having doubts, go ahead and try to get yours now!