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GREAT BRITAIN at the National Theatre

July 20, 2014

GREAT BRITAIN is a topical band new play by Richard Bean at the National Theatre which lays bare the relationships between our politicians, our police and our press. The play is about the FREE PRESS, a dreadful tabloid newspaper owned by a sleazy Irish man called O’Leary played by Dermot Crowley and his larger than life crude editor called Wilson Tikkel played by Robert Glenister. Billie Piper plays the central character the ambitious News Editor Paige Britain, who stumbles across the opportunity to hack private mobile phones and access their private messages on voice mail. 

This play is a well staged romp with big sliding screens across the newsroom set projecting live news bulletins and hilarious front pages from all of the competing newspapers which brings the story alive. My biggest laughs were for the front page headlines which make such a mockery of our press. What makes the play so entertaining is the cathartic quality of laughing at the total farce of the reality that the play reflects. I hope politicians, police and press have sufficient courage to come and have a look at how ridiculous they actually are. Of course it is just not possible in a satire to reflect the absolute complete and total squalor of the truth and there was a hint of dissatisfaction that they will probably enjoy this attention. Good entertainment.

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