Possessing the wit of Wilde and the sexual frankness of a Restoration play, George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer has been a firm favourite since its first performance in 1706. Jenny Eastop’s latest production is set in present-day Shrewsbury, and from the off, the satirical nature of the original is present.
Eric Bogosian’s play Talk Radio may date from 1987, but in its dissection of shock jocks and their role in manipulating media and fomenting the rise of the kind of right-wing ideology, it can’t help but ring with resonance today.
Thirty years ago in the USA, the parents and grandparents of today’s Twitter trolls and YouTube conspiracy video makers had no choice but to call up their local talk radio station if they wanted a mass audience for their hateful and/or mad views.
William Gillie (Andy Secombe) is a charismatic and inspirational teacher running the only school in the Scottish mining village of Crult in 1950. Being a learned, professional man he has a certain status in the town, but this evening he isn’t in favour.
Have you got your tickets yet to the Finborough Theatre’s latest rediscovery, the first London production in 60 years of James Bridie’s Mr Gillie? Check out these new production photos and then get booking…