Edgar Plays: One
This volume contains the best of David Edgar's work from the seventiesThe Jail Diary of Albie Sachs is an adaptation of the famous South African writer's diaries and deals with solitary confinement and loneliness - a remarkable, persuasive picture. (Observer); Mary Barnes is based in a commune in the sixties and focuses on schizophrenia promulgating the theory that schizophrenia can be effectively treated through behaviourist methods alone; Saigon Rose tackles venereal disease and is intriguing and entertaining.Edgar handles his themes - loss of innocence and a sense of betrayal - in a bitty, playful style laced with black comedy (Independent); Oh Fair Jerusalem deals with the black death and Destiny deals with the loss of Empire and the rise of fascism in contemporary Britain A play which astonished me with its intelligence, density, sympathy and finely controlled anger. Dennis Potter (Sunday Times).
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