(Michael Billington’s article appeared 5/12 in the Guardian.)
Long before John Osborne shook our theatre to its foundations with Look Back in Anger, he was a working dramatist. This revival of his first play, originally produced in Huddersfield in 1950 and recently unearthed in the British Library archives, is an extraordinary discovery: a combination of rep thriller and articulate cry of despair. Although failing to acknowledge the assistance provided by Osborne's then lover, Stella Linden, National Theatre Wales deserves high praise for revealing the roots of its author's anger.
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