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The Permanent Way: A Play by David Hare

The Permanent Way: A Play

by David Hare

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571220940, Paperback)

A compelling work of documentary drama from Britain's "greatest living political playwright" (New Statesman).

In a last-ditch attempt to swing an election that they didn't expect to win, Britain's Conservative Party government made the fateful decision to privatize the country's railway system. Twelve years later, the results of that choice are disturbingly clear: unpredictable schedules, hemorrhaging costs, and the fateful deaths of several passengers after a succession of disastrous crashes. In this classic achievement of Brechtian, agit-prop theatrics, award-winning playwright David Hare gathers together the first-hand accounts of those most intimately involved--from every level of the system. The result is a fascinating parable described by Guardian theater critic Michael Billington as a "dazzling oral mosaic" and a "vitally necessary piece of theatre" which poses a compelling metaphor for the state of the world at large.

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"In 1991, before an election they did not expect to win, the Conservative government made a fateful decision to privatize the railways. Now, twelve years later, as a result of that privatization, the taxpayer subsidizes rail more lavishly than ever before. In The Permanent Way, David Hare, working with actors from the Out of Joint Company, tells the intricate, madcap story of a dream gone sour, by gathering together the first-hand accounts of those most intimately involved - from every level of the system. Funny, tragic, and compelling, the play offers an extraordinary parable of British mis-management that raises questions about the recent history of the country."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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