Barbarians in Tooting. 19 April to 20 May

Monday, 12 March, 2012

Barrie Keeffe’s Barbarians is to have a rare revival in a converted Youth Enterprise Scheme in Tooting, South London next month

First performed in 1977, Barbarians is set in a period of record highs in youth unemployment, government spending cuts and social unrest.  Written by one of the era’s important chroniclers of social issues, Barbarians tells the story of Paul, Louis and Jan, three lads from Lewisham. Broke, bored and demoralized by the hand that they’ve been dealt, this trilogy of short plays unflinchingly captures the life of these three young men and their responses to the challenges and choices they face.

Set in the year before the winter of discontent, parallels with today’s society are starkly apparent in 2012 with unemployment and economic hardship once again on the news agenda.

The play will be performed from 17th April – 12th May at Broadway Studios, a converted Youth Enterprise Scheme just off Tooting High Road, a fitting venue for this timely revival.

Known for writing cult London gangster film The Long Good Friday, as well as plays including SUS and Gotcha, the production will mark the first London production of Keeffe’s Barbarians since 1990.




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