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Photos and podcast: Barrie Keeffe discusses “unacceptable”, still timely Barbarians

In Audio, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Regular readers of this blog will know that, a few weeks ago, I was blown away by Tooting Arts Club’s revival of Barbarians, Barrie Keeffe‘s 1977 modern classic about disaffected London youth. So much so that I practically begged the producer Rachel Edwards to let me come back and chair a post-show discussion on the play […]

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BARBARIANS – Tooting Arts Club at Central Saint Martin’s

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Punks Paul, Jan and Louis are working-class lads living in south London. School didn’t do much for them and unemployment is high, so they hang around and smoke, nick cars and try to pull girls. They’re bored, angry and frustrated at the lack of opportunities available to poor kids like them. They want to improve their quality of life and feel like they belong in society, but society’s too busy fighting terrorism and racism to pay them any attention so they do their best to get by, or not. It sounds like the present, right? Nope.

BARBARIANS – Tooting Arts Club at Central Saint Martin’s

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It has long been recognised that when writing about his world, Barrie Keefe’s finger is firmly on society’s pulse. With Barbarians however Keefe goes one step further, not just finding that pulse, but slicing it open in front of us, confronting his audience with those bloody, ugly realities that, skin-deep, continually surround us.
A 1970s trilogy of short plays, Barbarians follows three disaffected young men from their confused and sometimes angry adolescence into adulthood. Keefe’s deployment of irony is always a treat and the evening’s opening play, Killing Time is peppered with his trademark black humour as the teenagers, not long out of school, contemplate an evening of petty crime.

Review: Sweeney Todd (Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop)

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  We love us a bit of site-specific theatre.  We’re also almost indecently partial to a pie.  So the opportunity to sample both in a staging of Sondheim’s enduring Sweeney Todd in a 100-year-old London pie and mash shop was right up our street.  Even if that street was in Tooting. Not that Tooting is to be […]

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