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Birthday (Modern Plays): Joe Penhall: 9781408172919: Amazon ...
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.

Unlike Barrymore, he isn't gay, but much of the character seems to have been inspired by this tragic real-life figure whose life descended into such distressing, media-fuelled soap opera. All this is merely the prelude to the revelation that Greg is a redtop Investigations Editor and Liz his sidekick. 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.

But his play is essentially a furious, black-comic satire on the bankrupt values of our tabloid culture, and a bitter cry against the corrosive voyeurism of present-day Britain in which so many seem vicariously yet viciously addicted to the humiliation and misfortunes of others. The journalists, Greg and Liz, masquerading as private bankers, have whisked Barry off to a five-star hotel, and, as well as offering to take over his financial affairs, tempt him with a lucrative speaking engagement at the bank. Set in a swanky hotel, his play shows Barry, a TV comic, being lavishly courted by a pair of pseudo-bankers.

But, although Joe Penhall's new 90-minute play largely avoids that, it lacks the moral dilemmas that make for gripping drama and that informed Steve Thompson's recent zestier newspaper play, Damages, at the Bush. 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. But, although Penhall acutely suggests there is a symbiotic relationship between the prey and the predator, he ducks the larger issues. 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.

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

    The journalists, Greg and Liz, masquerading as private bankers, have whisked Barry off to a five-star hotel, and, as well as offering to take over his financial affairs, tempt him with a lucrative speaking engagement at the bank. 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. But, although Joe Penhall's new 90-minute play largely avoids that, it lacks the moral dilemmas that make for gripping drama and that informed Steve Thompson's recent zestier newspaper play, Damages, at the Bush.

    But, although Penhall acutely suggests there is a symbiotic relationship between the prey and the predator, he ducks the larger issues. 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. 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.

    Mesmerising: TV comedian Barry (Douglas Hodge) squares up to Tabolid hack Greg (Rupert Graves) There are moments in Joe Penhall's superb new play that had me squirming in my seat with a mixture of embarrassment, pain and guilty recognition. Dumb Show offers a mesmerising, utterly persuasive account of a classic tabloid sting. 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". 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.

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