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Blue/Orange

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service, Blue/Orange premiered at London's Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000 and transferred to the West End in 2001.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 13th 2000 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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Adam
Jul 14, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
A play about the struggle of power, race and use of language in an NHS hospital. The language and plot developments are clever, slowly weaving the characters and their words together it also harks back to the PC brigade of what you can and call people and what is procedure and what is right and if being PC is right. It is also a bit Pinteresque as the action all takes place in one room over the course of a day. Worth a read for anyone interested in contemporary theatre or race in theatre.
Jacqueline
May 26, 2016 Jacqueline rated it liked it
The world is blue as an orange

No error the words do not lie
They no longer allow you to sing
In the tower of kisses agreement
The madness the love
She her mouth of alliance
All the secrets all the smiles
Or what dress of indulgence
To believe in quite naked.
The wasps flourish greenly
Dawn goes by round her neck
A necklace of windows
You are all the solar joys
All the sun of this earth
On the roads of your beauty.

(Paul Eluard)

Концепцията за въздействието на цветовете е разработена за първи път от Йохан Волф
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Ben Hart
May 20, 2016 Ben Hart rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre, 2016
Saw the Young Vic production, the kind of play that fizzes with ideas bringing in concepts of linguistics, mental health, race and typical office politics. Frequently hilarious, sometimes shocking - the tone shifts beautifully throughout. Also, David Haig is a national treasure.
Adrian
Jul 09, 2016 Adrian rated it liked it
I felt like I should have been all over this, with themes of mental illness, ethnicity and politics, but didn't quite ring true for me somewhere - maybe it would be different in performance. Would love to have seen the original cast of Ejiofor/Lincoln/Nighy.
Jill
Jan 30, 2016 Jill rated it liked it
Written as a screenplay. Office politics, racism, and a doctor's self-importance get in the way of an accurate diagnosis for a black schizophrenic.
Robert Morrow
Dec 22, 2010 Robert Morrow rated it really liked it
I saw the West End production with Bill Nighy as the consultant and it was fabulous. Later I saw I rather poor rendition of the same play at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle. This tells me that much of the power of the book is in the subtext. The fundamental insecurity of the three main characters is not so much in the words as in the group dynamics; all of them have vulnerabilities. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, this remains one of my favorite late 20th Century Plays.
Bobby Sullivan
Nov 16, 2013 Bobby Sullivan rated it it was ok
I couldn't help comparing this play to The Shrike, another award-winning drama set in a mental hospital. The dialogue in The Shrike was more real and believable.
Fia Eamónn Wåhlin
Sep 27, 2011 Fia Eamónn Wåhlin rated it really liked it
A great Play that I would love to see live, important issue with many different views.
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Mar 16, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The inmates are running the asylum ....
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