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Upside of anger

26 April 2006

A Bristol graduate's comedy that 'takes the tabloid obsession with immigration and turns it on its head' has been a sell-out success since it's opening at last year's Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews.

A Bristol graduate's comedy that 'takes the tabloid obsession with immigration and turns it on its head' has been a sell-out success since it's opening at last year's Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews. It has playing to packed houses – both in the UK and internationally – largely on word-of-mouth recommendations

Angry Young Man, written and directed by Ben Woolf (BA 2002) explores the British attitude to immigration and asylum and has been described as 'a brilliantly written and performed piece to get people thinking' and 'an hour of non-stop frantic entertainment packed with pure theatrical exuberance'.

It's Woolf's third play for the independent MahWaff theatre company he started with two friends from Bristol University, Myanna Buring and Hywel John. Woolf says he was influenced by his Bristol drama course, which gave him the courage to write for British theatre. 'Bristol was about liberating actors and directors from the text and saying, "If you hold the British theatrical canon in such esteem, you're never going to write anything".