Billed as the ‘most shocking attack on the British government since Guy Fawkes’, it’s an appropriate production to see in light of the forthcoming General Election (7 May).

This visceral new history play tells the story of the unlikely relationship between Pat Magee, who planted the bomb, and Jo Berry, whose father was killed in the blast. It asks if violence plays an inevitable part in the journey from civil conflict towards peace. 

Spanning four decades in the histories of both characters, the play excavates the origins of their remarkable choices and asks if it is really possible for them to start to see the world through one another’s eyes. 

The Bombing Of The Grand Hotel is written jointly by Julie Everton and Josie Melia and directed by Paul Hodson. Developed with the support and co-operation of Jo Berry and Pat Magee, the play attempts to map the political pressures and personal triggers surrounding a key moment of extreme public violence within a continuing struggle for change. 

As Jo and Pat attempt to see the world through one another’s eyes, it begs the question: can personal reconciliation ever make a difference? 

The Bombing of The Grand Hotel (Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2.30pm) opens on 13 April and runs until 2 May at The Cockpit. Tickets £18 / £16; previews £12.