SUS - 2010

By Barrie Keeffe
Co-Production with the Young Vic

Set on the eve of the Thatcher victory in 1979, this revival of Barrie Keeffe’s classic coincides with the upcoming general election of 2010.

The sus laws made it legal for police to stop and search anyone – purely on suspicion.

Election night 1979. Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an East London police station place bets on which party will win. Delroy is brought in ‘on suspicion’. The interrogation takes all night. The country wakes up to a new Conservative government.

Sus is a powerful and politicised cry against the still-current threat of institutional racism. Keeffe pulls no punches with his depiction of a corrupt world which looks all too familiar today.


The Telegraph
The Guardian

Tour dates

28 & 29 April 2010
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

4 May – 8 May 2010
Curve, Leicester

14 & 15 May 2010
The Broadway, Barking

20 & 21 May 2010
Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park

25 – 29 May 2010
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

1 & 2 June 2010
Pulse Festival
New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

4 June 2010
The Martin Harris Centre

08 – 26 June 2010
Young Vic, London


Karn - Simon Armstrong
Delroy - Clint Dyer
Wilby - Laurence Spellman

Creative Team

Director - Gbolahan Obisesan
Designer - Chloe Lamford
Lighting Design - Anna Watson
Sound Design - Donato Wharton
Photos - Barrie Keeffe