Go Bang Your Tambourine

Go Bang Your Tambourine

“There’s a devil inside you egging you on to put a stop to his happiness – and that’s why you’d want me to come away with you, isn’t it?.”


The London premiere of Philip King’s 1970 play Go Bang Your Tambourine.

Young David Armstrong misses his mother. Following her death, he now lives alone in their North Country house, a devoted member of the Salvation Army.

But tongues start to wag when David advertises for a lodger, and good-hearted, attractive Bess, a local barmaid, moves in. But when David’s estranged Casanova of a father decides to move back in, uninvited and unwanted, the impossible situation quickly comes to a head…

Seen in London for the first time, Philip King’s touching domestic family drama is a new insight into the work of a classic British playwright.

Critic reviews

A grieving father and son lock horns over an alluring visitor in a magnetically acted revival of Philip King’s Freudian drama

The Guardian

Dodgy ’70s gender politics sink this initially intriguing revival about a lonely young man in the Salvation Army

Time Out

Rare Philip King play turns a farce into a serious drama - and it doesn't work

The Arts Desk

Little salvation in this painful Seventies farce

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 6 Aug - Sat 31 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


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