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Birthday (Modern Plays) [Joe Penhall] on Amazon.com. ... Award and which he later adapted for film, premiering at Cannes in 2000, and Dumb Show in 2004.

Dumb Show offers a mesmerising, utterly persuasive account of a classic tabloid sting. Greg with intolerable, finger-wagging moral censoriousness, blissfully oblivious to the fact that his words apply far more precisely to his own behaviour. Penhall displays a dramatic vigour in Dumb Show that often put me in mind of a modern-day version of Ben Jonson's great scam-fest, The Alchemist.

With this play about journalism, the Royal Court has a theatrical scoop on its hands, and one, moreover, that really is in the public interest. The air is thick with the promise of undeclared money and sex as the mini-dressed Liz and the noxious Greg nourish Barry's post-performance high. What he never asks is who poisoned the well in the first place.

He never explores the real conflict between necessary investigation and unwarranted intrusion. But, as we watch a ghastly pair of journalists going about their dark arts, I had to acknowledge that I, too, have sometimes used some of their repulsive tactics while interviewing celebrities. And, even if Rupert Graves can't do much with the vacuously reptilian Greg, Anna Maxwell Martin neatly contrasts Liz's leg-brandishing enticement with her later stern censoriousness. He reveals all the man's fallibility and pain, yet somehow remains both wonderfully funny and strangely endearing.

Squirming in the gutter - Telegraph
9 Sep 2004 ... Charles Spencer reviews Dumb Show at the Royal Court. ... There are moments in Joe Penhall's superb new play that had me squirming in ... in Dumb Show that often put me in mind of a modern-day version of Ben Jonson's ...

Dumb Show at The Royal Court Theatre Theatre review: Dumb Show at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs Methuen Drama - Doollee.com


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  • Dumb Show, Royal Court | Stage | The Guardian
    8 Sep 2004 ... Tabloid journalism is a tricky subject: it tends to invite lofty condescension. But, although Joe Penhall's new 90-minute play largely avoids that, ...
    Dumb Show (Methuen Modern Plays), Joe Penhall

    Having thus won his confidence, they go to work on him, with the woman journalist in particular worming her way into the darker corners of his heart. Some of his points are perfectly valid: that tabloid journalists cloak themselves in moral indignation, that they get an adrenaline-rush from impersonation and that they are part of a corrupt culture in which celebrities are first elevated then destroyed. But, although Penhall acutely suggests there is a symbiotic relationship between the prey and the predator, he ducks the larger issues.

    Sycophantic laughter, fake sympathy, diffident impertinence - these are all part of the interviewer's grubby stock-in-trade in getting people to reveal more about themselves than they might mean to, and Penhall, a former journalist himself, captures these dubious techniques to perfection. He never explores the real conflict between necessary investigation and unwarranted intrusion. Clearly the play's most intriguing figure is Barry whom Douglas Hodge plays superbly as a weak, biddable man whose life and career are both on the skids; merely to watch Hodge's eyes flicker with greed at a notional fee for a post-prandial talk is an education in the art of acting.

    Dumb Show offers a mesmerising, utterly persuasive account of a classic tabloid sting. The scenes in which he is speeding along on booze and amphetamine sulphate are played with a hilarious wired energy, while the mixture of indignation, panic and despair that follows his entrapment is almost unbearable to watch. Having caught all this on tape and film, the reporters reveal their true identities, insisting that destroying Barry's life is in "the public interest". When Barry is impertinently asked by the reporters why they weren't told his wife was seriously ill, he screams, "Because it's private!" with electrifying intensity before laying into their "zero imagination" and dumb lack of human understanding with such vigour that you feel like cheering.

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