You can read 19 more articles this month
COMPARISONS with the state of the world now and the 1930s are currently difficult to ignore and many are not without merit.
With Trump installed in the White House, the far right on the rise in Germany and overt state violence returning in Spain, it’s easy to see the similarities. And, as the rather transparent title of Craft Theatre’s latest production evidences, its aim is to make those comparisons explicit on stage.
Thus, when naive public relations student Clare (Louise Goodfield) stumbles across a copy of what was supposedly Hitler’s favourite play — Hanns Johst’s Schlagetter — she cannot help but see the parallels with today on every page. Anger begins to take over as she looks for solutions in all the wrong places and her life drifts into predictable ruin.
Things unravel rapidly as she falls out with her mother, is used and abused by a fellow squatter and quits university with a 10-minute diatribe against the war economy.
But by the time she eventually reaches the conclusion that “the West makes the nazi regime looks like Charlie Chaplin” it is difficult not to be irked. Quite frankly, it’s all too much to take in and it helps little that most of the acting, aside from a raw performance from Goodfield, is overblown and regularly verges on melodramatic.
There are at least two scenes where two characters bellow at each other at full volume without moving an inch around the stage, suggesting that this is a show that would have benefited greatly from more creative direction.
Complete with song, dance and acrobatics, the fact that the most effective moments are both video projections, one an LSE-produced video on media bias towards Jeremy Corbyn and the other a compilation of vile Trump speeches, reflect how lousy this devised piece really is.
Runs until October 29, box office: waterlooeast.co.uk
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.