September 01, 1980

Black Pastoral

by Edward Bond
State Theatre Company
Playhouse, August, 1990.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

“I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society.” Edward Bond’s plays have reiterated this theme from the first. But for him violence is not innate, some kind of blight in the DNA, it is the consequence of social structures and symptomatic of class-based injustice. That is what Saved is about, and his powerful re-telling of Shakespeare’s …

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