THERE was always the danger a musical about Brian Haw, the war protester who camped for almost a decade on Parliament Square, would turn into something of a hagiography.
This is indeed a fitting legacy to a man who, whatever your views, showed a remarkable commitment to a cause, which ultimately, via the choking fumes he was exposed to day and night, cost him his life.
But rather than looking at the man himself and what drove him to leave his family and campaign for peace, it explores the impact home and abroad of the foreign policy against which he railed.
Brian Haw himself only appears in snippets projected onto his multitude of banners declaiming Tony 'Bliar' as a child killer, which became a landmark in themselves.
Instead we follow Haw's children as they struggle to come to terms with his decision, a young woman forced into marriage in Afghanistan, a soldier heading off to battle and the grieving family of a businessman who jumped to his death from the Twin Towers.
These strands are pulled together into an ultimately blunt but effective message about the need to believe you can make a difference.
One of the night's most stirring songs, We Are Responsible, could easily be an anthem for a disenfranchised generation.
There's little subtlety but the show is held together by the energy and no little talent of its huge young cast, given less than a week in which to rehearse.
The fact it's performed by such a young cast adds to the poignancy, as this is the very generation who will have to deal with the fall out of what's happening overseas.
Hannah Fearns, as a teenager haunted by her father's death, and Michael Gallagher, as a young soldier, are particularly impressive, and the on-stage orchestra do the stirring score justice.
Youth Music Theatre UK's production doesn't shy away from its challenging subject matter either, with the stoning of a young Afghan woman and a grieving widow's descent into alcoholism among the more powerful scenes.
Despite Brian Haw's eldest son Pete having worked as an advisor on the show, the family scenes are the most cloying, coming across like a politically-charged episode of The Waltons.
There's still a potentially compelling and considerably more complex story to be told about Brian Haw the man, and the struggles within.
But According to Brian Haw is a very different show, examining the personal stories amid a swirling political landscape from which the dogged campaigner refused to be shifted.
According to Brian Haw is part of Youth Music Theatre UK's summer season. It is playing at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios until Thursday, August 22.