Lloyd George Knew My Father (play)

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Lloyd George Knew My Father is a 1972 play by the British playwright William Douglas-Home. The black comedy [1] features an elderly and eccentric aristocratic couple who learn that a bypass is to be built through their property. The wife declares her intention to commit suicide in protest, and the complications arising from this set up the rest of the play's action. [2]

Black comedy Comic work based on subject matter that is generally considered taboo

Black comedy, also known as dark comedy or gallows humor, is a comic style that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss. Comedians often use it as a tool for exploring vulgar issues, thus provoking discomfort and serious thought as well as amusement in their audience. Popular themes of the genre include death and violence, discrimination, disease, sexuality, religion, and barbarism.

Bypass (road) a road which bypasses something

A bypass is a road or highway that avoids or "bypasses" a built-up area, town, or village, to let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic, to reduce congestion in the built-up area, and to improve road safety. A bypass specifically designated for trucks may be called a truck route.

The play has had various revivals and has continued to be staged into the 21st Century. The Devonshire Park Theatre staged the play in 1974. [3] Wendy Toye directed the play in 1995 at the Watermill Theatre, which was topical because of the nearby construction of the Newbury bypass. [4] A production was mounted by the Salisbury Studio Theatre. [5] The King's Theatre in Edinburgh mounted a production in 2009. [2]

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Watermill Theatre theatre in Bagnor near Newbury, Berkshire, England

The Watermill Theatre is a professional repertory theatre with charitable status. Established in 1967, it is a converted watermill beside the River Lambourn, in the village of Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire.

Newbury bypass

The Newbury bypass, officially known as The Winchester-Preston Trunk Road (A34) , is a 9-mile (14 km) stretch of dual carriageway road which bypasses the town of Newbury in Berkshire, England. It is located to the west of the town and forms part of the A34 road. It opened in 1998.

A version was shown on British television in 1982. [6]

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References

  1. Daniel Jeffreys. "Lloyd George Knew My Father". Online Review London. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  2. 1 2 Lucas Miller (March 16, 2009). "William Douglas Home's Lloyd George Knew My Father". Berkshire Review. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  3. Rob Wilton. "Othe rPays: 1970–1970". Rob Wilton Theatricalia. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. "Wendy Toye dies aged 92".
  5. Sonia Woolley (October 2010). "Lloyd George Knew My Father". Salisbury Journal. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  6. Lloyd George Knew My Father on IMDb