ImpAct Theatre will take a new production of John Osborne’s classic, Look Back in Anger, to two venues in Dorset this autumn.
The 1950s classic, Osborne’s debut as a playwright, centres on the life of Jimmy Porter, a young man resentful and disillusioned by the stifling establishment of the day. A sensation when it first opened in the West End, the play examines class, politics, sex and religion and is perhaps most notable for heralding a change in British theatre with its bedsit setting and unprecedented use of language.
Sixty years on, the themes of the play still resonate and Look Back in Anger presents the ImpAct team with a perfect vehicle to deliver another theatrical feast. Drawn to plays that challenge its actors and leave an impression on the audience, the tour will follow ImpAct’s highly regarded Dancing at Lughnasa earlier this year and previous productions of Grief, Breaking the Code, Talking Heads, Untold Stories and The Thrill of Love.
Director Patricia Richardson says, ‘Look Back in Anger is an iconic play and its central theme of a class struggle within a relationship is just as relevant today as when it was written. While audiences are no longer shocked by such realism, the play possesses a fervour that lives on and is a hugely exciting project for the ImpAct team. John Osborne created something special when he wrote this play and we’re working hard to deliver a high-voltage production and do its reputation justice.’
The cast includes Nathan Linsdell, Bethany Harris, Hayden Ashurst, Alicia Shore and Steve O’Rourke Cox.
Performance venues and dates: Bournemouth Little Theatre (www.bournemouthlittletheatre.co.uk), 31 October-2 November; The Hub, Verwood (www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/verwoodhub or 01202 828740), 3 November. All performances start at 7.45. Tickets £12 (£11 concessions). For more information about ImpAct Theatre, go to www.impacttheatre.co.uk or the ImpAct Theatre Facebook page.