David Thame has created a neat drama in Kompromat, but its explicit relationship to such a complex story, with real consequences for people who are very much alive, leaves a lingering sense that this speculative play allows the writer both to have his cake and to eat it.
The 2010 ‘spy in the bag’ murder is the inspiration behind Kompromat, a new play by David Thame which imagines the murderer using a honey trap to ensnare his victim.
Kompromat at the Vaults Festival is a thoughtful production with warm performances that distracts its audience with missed marks.
The heart of Bury The Dead is the army using the loved ones to emotionally manipulate the soldiers to ‘obey orders’ – or at least try to.
When The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 by Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, it caused a great scandal, despite already having been heavily censored by the magazine’s editor. Later, when adapting the story to be published as a book, Oscar Wilde himself removed further material, in particular some of the more homoerotic passages.