By Joe Penhall
Lent Week 8
When Christopher reveals he is Idi Amin’s son, his doctors must determine whether he is telling the truth – or simply mad.
In Blue/Orange, the creaking Health Service is exposed for being overstretched, underfunded and intensely competitive for its employees. This situation impacts on its patients, leaving people like Christopher lacking unified care. His mental state has led him to hospital – and his heritage may keep him there.
His doctor, Bruce, is determined to see him released to lead a freer life. Senior Consultant Robert is more cautious, but with a research project on race-related mental illness, whose best interests are really at heart?
Blue/Orange questions power, hierarchy and prejudice, and shows Joe Penhall’s writing at its most commanding.