“This generation’s no good, no good at all. They don’t possess any deep emotions. They don’t know what passion is.”
From the author of Goodbye To All That and I Claudius, Robert Graves, this is his “post-catastrophic comedy”.
London 1932. 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 play 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.