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Brimstone and Treacle by Dennis Potter, Arcola Theatre
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

Photo credit: http://www.brimstoneandtreacle.co.uk/

I am tipping this on the basis of the fact that I saw the original BBC adaptation of this (Play for Today) and the play made a deep and profound impression on me.

Cut and pasted from the Arcola Theatre Website:

BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE by Dennis Potter
2 May - 2 June 2012

SEArED in association with the Arcola Theatres stages the first major London revival of Dennis Potter’s most controversial play. Renowned for being banned before transmission by the BBC, Brimstone and Treacle's glimpse into suburban paranoia, xenophobia and insularity is as revealing and relevant today as it was in the 1970s.

North London, Summer, 1977. As a nation prepares to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, a middle-class, middle-aged couple struggle to come to terms with the incapacitation of their daughter following a hit-and-run car accident. Out of nowhere, an apparently respectable young man arrives on their doorstep to change their lives forever ...

A twisted allegory about fear, faith, morality, and the incomprehensible randomness of good and evil.

Follow the link for all the details and to book tickets:
http://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/brimstone-and-treacle

There is a separate website for this production of Brimstone and Treacle which is here:
http://www.brimstoneandtreacle.co.uk/

A truly excellent article on the original BBC adaptation, setting out the story of the play, why it was banned, along with a detailed social commentary and critique can be found here:
http://www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk/?p=882


Photo credit: http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/pl/801-254578/DVDs/Brimstone-And-Treacle-(DVD)-Compare-Prices

You can buy the original BBC adaptation on DVD from Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brimstone-And-Treacle-Denholm-Elliott/dp/B0001P1BA2/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1334359702&sr=1-1
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I'm very tempted by this because it's Rupert Friend, but Dalston!!

Don't usually venture that far east!

I have also booked so much theatre the last week or so that May and June are looking a bit mental, although it should be a very interesting couple of months.




Dalston. I know and I agree. It is a real pain to get to and I don't really like the Arcola. But I do love this play and so I am going.

"I have also booked so much theatre the last week or so that May and June are looking a bit mental, although it should be a very interesting couple of months". Snap! Although for me it is mainly April and May; I am free in June and open to offers!

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