Veteran actor: Brexit’s an absolute mess, but I’d love to do a play about it

Brian Croucher is famous for playing Ted Hills in Eastenders

Former Eastenders’ star Brian Croucher says he would love to make a play about Brexit – even though he thinks it’s a “dog’s mess”.

The veteran of stage and television, who lives near Canterbury, voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, but believes the government’s handling of the process has been mired in incompetence.

Despite that Mr Croucher says he enjoys performing in works with contemporaneous themes – with Brexit a suitable subject matter.,

“I voted out, but it had nothing to do with immigration,” Mr Croucher told the Canterbury Journal this weekend. “This country is built on immigration. We have to have immigration.

“But the way Brexit is being handled is a dog’s mess. The people who are doing the negotiating are the very people who did not want us to leave in the first place.

“They even changed the terminology so that we instead of leaving and staying in the European Union, they were renamed hard and soft Brexit.

“Nevertheless, I would still love to make a play out of it.”

Mr Croucher is famous for playing patriarch Ted Hills in Eastenders in the 1990s. He has also variously featured in The Bill, Doctor Who, Blake’s 7 and Quartermass.

And he performed in the hard-hitting 1978 tv drama Out starring Tom Bell and in a provocative stage play called Saved about the killing of a baby.

“Brexit is so complex,” he added. “I actually think now we shouldn’t have had the vote in the first place. Nobody should have voted on it.

“We live in a sick country and a sick world and everything seems to be going backwards now.”

Click here to read the first part of the Canterbury Journal’s exclusive interview with him.


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