'The plays deal with the experience of the British people – especially the British working class – in the period of Hitler and Stalin, Chamberlain, Churchill and the post-war Labour Government, whose policies of nationalisation and the creation of a Welfare State to care for everyone ‘from the cradle to the grave’ contrasted so incongruously with their feverish efforts to build an atomic bomb and cling onto the status of a Great Power.'
Robert Leach, from his introduction
Operation Olive Branch
Maccoll’s wickedly funny adaptation of the Lysistrata of Aristophanes deals with fundamental issues of peace and war in a way not confined to the specifics of its inspiration... and Winston Churchill’s famous speech announcing the creation of the ‘Iron Curtain.’
The history of the Great Depression and the Second World War is re-imagined in the light of the common (but usually hidden) experience of an unemployed worker, in this case a fisherman from Hull.
The Other Animals
Focuses more specifically on a single person, a political prisoner asked to renounce his political ideals, in a series of scenes which are both harrowing and poetic, and as relevant today, in the post-Mandela era, as they were in the days of Hitler’s concentration camps and Stalin’s gulag.
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