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NEW: Mottled Lines explores what really caused last Augusts riots

LAST AUGUST the UK's biggest cities witnessed unprecedented civil unrest.

Our streets became a battleground and many on the frontline watched as their communities began to unravel.

And as the first anniversary of the riots approaches, a brand new play called Mottled Lines seeks to examine the spread of fear and what led to last summer's disturbances.

Mottled Lines is the debut play of 23-year-old Archie Maddocks, a member of the Orange Tree writers' group and is directed by Henry Bell.

Unlike other productions about the riots, the play is character-led and suggests reasons for the disturbances, rather than a portrait of what happened.

Through emotive personas, including the policeman angered by the rioting to the politician pleading for law enforcement, this unflinching production seeks to unravel and understand how the simmering tensions between 'Generation Vexed’, the police and parliament reached crisis point and ultimately, why the riots happened.

Mottled Lines is at the Orange Tree Theatre until July 14 for more information go to

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