London 1932. Cecil Tompion, a popular writer, has bullied his children for most of their lives. Now, his son, an ex-army officer who survived the trenches of the Western Front, and his daughter, a doctor, are trying to break free. Their lives touched by another ex-soldier, David, and close friend Charlotte, who both desperately struggle to repress their homosexuality.
The generation that survived a war, have to confront who they really are when they discover that family is just another battlefield.
This unique rediscovery, never previously performed, by poet and novelist Robert Graves, was written in 1929 as a commission from the producers of Journey’s End. It now finally receives its long overdue world premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.
“Fascinating” The Times
“Beautifully played by Sophie Ward and Victor Gardener”
“An intriguing rediscover… Boldly ahead of what was publicly acceptable then” British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ “Alan Cox delivers a powerful performance… Sophie Ward is a tour de force” Diva
★★★★ “A strong committed cast…an entertaining evening” The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ “Engaging… competing… amusing…”
London Pub Theatres
★★★★ “ The cast is quite extraordinary… This play oozes class.” Close-up Culture
“Something of a coup for the tiny Finborough Theatre” Broadway World
“The performances are tip top” Curtain Up
“Worthy addition to plays about the war and most importantly, about interwar homosexuality” Reviews Hub
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PRODUCED BY ANDREW MAUNDER
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARSALAN SATTARI AND
NEIL MCPHERSON FOR FINBOROUGH THEATRE
BY FIDELIS MORGAN
DEPUTY STAGE MNGR
ASSISTANT STAGE MNGR
Tue to Sun evenings at 7.30pm.
Sat and Sun matinees at 3.00pm.
Previews (10 and 11 July) £14 all seats.
Prices until 22 July £18, £16 concessions
Tue £16 all seats
Fri and Sat £18 all seats.
Prices from 24 July £20, £18 concessions
Tue £18 all seats
Fri and Sat £20 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
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Playwright Robert Graves (1895-1985) enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War, aged 19, and served as a Captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers with the poet, Siegfried Sassoon, with whom he remained close friends and whom he reportedly used as an inspiration for one of the characters in But It Still Goes On. He is best known today for his acclaimed war poetry, his classic memoir Goodbye To All That (1929), and his best-selling historical novelsI Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1934) which were dramatised by the BBC in the 1970s. From 1929, he spent much of his life in Majorca, Spain, producing over 140 books (biography, novels, anthropology, myths, biblical studies) and was universally recognised as one of the leading writers of his age. Graves lived for many years with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder after his experiences in the First World War.
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Director Fidelis Morgan returns to the Finborough Theatre where shehas previously directeda sell-out production of Lennox Robinson’s Drama At Inish, starring Celia Imrie and Paul O’Grady, and Colleen Murphy's The Piper as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights; whilst her adaptation of Hangover Square, based on Patrick
Hamilton’s novel, was another sell-out and received huge critical acclaim. Fidelis was both player and assistant director at the world-renowned Glasgow Citizens Theatre, has directed classic plays at the major drama schools, and the King's Head Theatre. In 2014 she was Artist-in-Residence at the University of California. On television, Fidelis appeared in Jeeves and Wooster, As Time Goes Byand Goodbye to Love, a biopic in which she played the Carpenters’ formidable mother, Agnes Carpenter. On stage, Fidelis has played leading roles in classics from Massinger to Coward, Goldoni to Brecht, at theatres such as the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Her most recent film role was Anne in A Little Chaos. Her twenty published books include the ground-breaking The Female Wits: Women Playwrights on the London Stageand the Countess Ashby de la Zouchecrime novels. She is currently working on another novel set in the late 17th/ early 18th centuries.