In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a world premiere from the author of Goodbye To All That and I Claudius, Robert Graves’ “post-catastrophic comedy”, But It Still Goes On, directed by Fidelis Morgan, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 (Press Nights: Thursday, 12 July 2018 and Friday, 13 July 2018 at 7.30pm) as part of the Finborough Theatre’s THEGREATWAR100 series commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
London 1929. Cecil Tompion, a popular writer, has bullied his children for most of their lives. Now, his son, an ex-army officer who survived the trenches of the Western Front, and his daughter, a doctor, are trying to break free. Their lives are touched by another ex-soldier, David, and close friend Charlotte, who both desperately struggle to repress their homosexuality.
The generation that survived a war have to confront who they really are when they discover that family is just another battlefield.
This unique rediscovery, never previously performed, But It Still Goes On by poet and novelist Robert Graves was written in 1929 as a commission from the producers of Journey’s End. Influenced by the drawing room comedies of Noël Coward and W. Somerset Maugham, it explores themes of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, gender politics, casual sex, and inter-generational conflict, but with a surreal dark twist. It now finally receives its long overdue world premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.
Robert Graves' lost tragicomedy is revived in a pressure cooker production
An overall strong cast is undermined by this challenging material
This never before performed obscurity from Robert Graves has definitely missed its moment
Robert Graves’s ambitious yet awkward take on the drawing-room comedy is intriguing at times, but dramatically it’s hard-going