19:00, Tue 21st – Sat 25th October 2014 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 2
Edward Bond is often ranked amongst the most important dramatists of the twentieth century, and was described by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin as the most influential British playwright of all time. And yet his work, often contrary and controversial, is rarely performed in the UK.
This production of 'Saved' offers a rare chance to experience first-hand the potency of Bond's theatrical vision. Withdrawn from public performance upon its 1965 debut (no doubt for a particularly shocking act of violence in its first act), this depiction of deprived South Londoners both young and old made history in contributing to the fight against censorship. Through the lives of twenty-somethings Len and Pat, and their struggle to get by in a world of aggression and poverty, Bond offers a way of seeing the world like no other. It is a landmark work, both humane and harrowing, and never more timely for a contemporary audience.