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The Ruling Class

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Etonians aren't exactly noted for their grey matter, but I've always found them perfectly adjusted to society. Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre ...more
Published (first published December 1st 1969)
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Livinginthecastle
The Ruling Class starts off hilarious and then gradually gets more sinister. At first I thought it was having a pop at free love hippies and the hypocritical adulterous upper classes that sneer at them, but then it gets more tortured and the ‘old school ties’ start to constrict the main character's ‘love’ message (like the noose at the beginning) leaving behind an hardened, nasty shell.
There’s an amazing symmetry to the first and second half, though this could be Jamie Lloyd’s production at Traf
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Jelly
Fun. The play itself and it on stage.
Martin
So what was I trying to do in these plays? I
wanted to write a roller-coaster drama of hairpin bends;
a drama of expertise and ecstasy balanced on a tightrope
between the comic and the tragic with a multi-faceted
fly-like vision where every line was dramatic and every
scene a play in itself; a drama with a language so exact
it could describe what the flame of a candle looked like
after the candle had been blown out and so high-powered
it could fuse telephone wires and have a direct impact
on r
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