Last Thursday evening performance of “Look back in Anger” at the Derby Theatre was a powerful, thought-provoking, professional and most entertaining look back into the working class of the 50s.
In the play’s 60th anniversary year it celebrates the many myths surrounding the play and the voice of the working class man.
Jimmy Porter plays the role of a fiery anti-hero, and Helena his resilient wife. Cliff who has a room in the same house struggles to maintain peace between them. The set which is unchanged throughout takes the audience back to the 50s and is cleverly used by the actors. The arrival of Alison, a good friend of Helena, brings the action to another level. Things change dramatically when Colonel Redfern arrives to take Helena away.
Throughout the audience were treated to a strong story line, challenging attitudes such as Jimmy’s complaints against the female and his attitude to homosexuality. But what makes the play so relevant sixty years on is that other things Jimmy is against are still issues that face us today.
After the strong applause from the almost full house an emotional Jimmy (Patrick Knowles) in thanking the audience said there is also running along with this production “Jinny” which is a fast-paced and humorous new writing with live music.
Both performances are at the Derby Theatre until Saturday 24th March