“What happened would simply not have happened under British Rail. It wouldn’t have happened. Not in the British Rail days.”
Revelatory, witty, and moving, The Permanent Way is an astonishing interrogation of the chaos arising from the botched privatisation of Britain’s railways. Told through the first-hand accounts of those involved at every level, from passengers to Civil Service mandarins, this extraordinary verbatim piece asks challenging questions of responsibility and governmental mismanagement. Have we learned anything from recent history?
This first London revival since the play's critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre is directed by Alexander Lass, whose recent credits include 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios) and No Man's Land (West End).
Devastating resurrection of play tackling corporate greed
David Hare's play chronicles the appalling indifference of politicians and managers and gives those bereaved and injured a much needed authentic voice
David Hare’s searing play about the chaos and tragedy that followed rail privatisation rings as true today as ever
An engrossing play and an interesting study of how huge companies can prioritise profit at the expense of people
Sparsely staged site-responsive remount of David Hare’s compelling indictment of corporate mismanagement
Righteous fury under the railway arch
Alexander Lass's production skilfully whirls together a kaleidoscope of voices