Penny Flood enjoys the premiere of a sharply observed new play
Tailorsí Last Stand is a sharply observed play about people facing up to the
end of the dreams theyíve clung to for years, and espousing reality. At its
heart itís political but you donít have to be political to enjoy it because
itís also very human, very funny and very touching, with a story line that
keeps you guessing to the end.
He never gets to the end of his speech as a fight breaks out between two of the others, resulting in a hilarious battle with a Zimmer frame and walking stick. A later battle isnít so funny when divisions between socialists come to the fore as Max sings the Red Flag and Barney sings the Internationale back at him.
The writing is very sharp so, although at times theyíre reminiscing on dialectical materialism, the failure of Socialism and the disappointment of realising the cruel truth about the Soviet Union, it never descends into boredom.
times itís near farcical, and although we do eventually learn why George
falls off his chair, we never get to the bottom of what Marx thought about
Youíve got until March 10 to see it, at 7.30pm each evening with an additional matinee on Saturday March 9 at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£12 concessions) and to book, call the box office on 0208 932 4747.
March 4, 2013
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