MANICS TEAM UP WITH PLAYWRIGHT

The band renew their association with Patrick Jones in a new production...

Manic Street Preachers

have renewed their association with playwright PATRICK JONES in a new production.

Jones, brother of Manic Street Preachers bass player Nicky Wire, opens his new show ‘The War Is Dead, Long Live The War’ later this month in hometown of Blackwood. Music for the play has been provided by James Dean Bradfield.

The two-hander, which portrays a meeting between a WW1 soldier and a Gulf War veteran, opens at the Blackwood Miners Institute on September 8, running for four nights. It then moves to London’s ICA from 15-20 September. A guest speaker is expected to deliver an introduction each night.

The two parties previously collaborated on Jones’ touring production ‘Everything Must Go’, the play from which the band borrowed the title of their 1996 breakthrough album.

Manic Street Preachers are currently working on their seventh studio album, which the band have described as ‘elegiac pop’.