"My success has been built on failure. It’s only as a failure that I’ve been a success”
Meet Philip Larkin. Arguably, Britain’s greatest poet of the 20th century. Certainly, a highly complex and controversial figure. In this, his centenary year, Larkin divides opinion more than ever. A literary lion to some, an unforgiveable bigot to others. To Larkin, his life was a failure, but his work is still largely acclaimed a triumph. Can you loathe the man and admire the work? Somehow, three strong, intelligent, independent women seemed to love both.
‘Larkin with Women’, Ben Brown’s award-winning play, is a provocative, funny and moving exposé of the last thirty years of Larkin’s life - dominated by his relationships, and often simultaneous affairs, with a trio of very different women. The Bard of Humberside was also a most unlikely Don Juan in Hull. Despite everything – the cynicism, selfishness and drink-sodden depression - all three stayed loyal until the bitter end. And for the most surprising of reasons…
This powerhouse production from five-star company Strut & Fret sits at the heart of the official ‘Larkin100’ programme. Commemorating his centenary, it’s the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the enigma of Philip Larkin - as writer, lover and human being.
An absolutely splendid show
Jovial biographical play