Lloyd George Knew My Father is a 1972 play by the British playwright William Douglas-Home. The black comedyfeatures 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.
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.
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.Wendy Toye directed the play in 1995 at the Watermill Theatre, which was topical because of the nearby construction of the Newbury bypass. A production was mounted by the Salisbury Studio Theatre. The King's Theatre in Edinburgh mounted a production in 2009.
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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.
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.
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Lloyd George Knew My Father may refer to:
"Lloyd George Knew My Father" is a 20th-century English schoolboy folk song. The simple lyrics consist of the phrase "Lloyd George knew my father/Father knew Lloyd George" sung to the tune "Onward, Christian Soldiers". In the song, the two lines referring to Lloyd George are repeated incessantly, typically by groups of swaying drunks in a pub or similar setting, until boredom or consequences of the drink set in. There are no lyrics other than those two lines. The song gains much of its notoriety from the irony inevitable in the clash between the song's flippant lyrics and Sabine Baring-Gould's classic hymn from which Arthur Sullivan's tune is inextricable. It is also commonly sung to the tune of "Land of Hope and Glory".
Cultural depictions of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom have become commonplace since the term's first use in 1905. However, they have been applied to prime ministers who were in office before the first use of the term. They are listed here chronologically from the date of first appointment as prime minister.
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