“I saw the play at Conway Hall, an apt location for a play about issues which are once again relevant to the political and social life of Britain today; responses to poverty and to conflict within and between nations, woven into a personal story of great interest and pathos. The actors were all excellent, switching roles convincingly and dealing with varying sets of emotions and narrative elements without losing the audience. The writing, too, wove together the personal and political aspects of Salter’s life without losing focus on either, putting them both in the wider context of Britain between the two World Wars and raising questions about what sort of society we want and how to go about achieving it.”
Without perhaps setting out to, now that the UK referendum had ended with a Leave majority, and Trump is US President, the play asks an important question: have we learnt nothing from history, and are we set on a course to repeat it, albeit unwittingly?
” There was a strong sense of cohesion within the company. I was moved by the women’s performances especially and the writing really soared around the death of Joyce and later of Ada. The inclusion of the Sassoon poem was almost unbearably poignant.”
“All credit then to Alison Mead who’s not only done some incredible research but is well on the way to sculpting the dry facts into an epic, family and political saga.”
“This show took more risks in portraying Dr. Salter, and his wife Ada to a lesser extent, as flawed heroes. The use of Dr. Salter’s brother as a narrator was a particularly effective dramatic device: the contrasting, and conflicting, personalities of the two brothers added much to the dramatic tension.
Well worth seeing.”
“This seemed to me to be an important play right now, speaking with eloquence, intelligence and heart about the importance of goodness and principle in the face of evil and cynicism.”
“We have just seen the matinee of Politic Man at The Quaker Meeting House in Blackheath. It was a clear, and moving story about a highly principled member of the independent labour party, a doctor and a politician living and working amongst the poor in Bermondsey. The play was a very successful mix of authentic extracts, aided by some well chosen projections, with imaginative reconstructions of life during the first half of the twentieth century. Among the committed cast Kerry Skinner and Rachael Harper were outstanding. Highly recommended.”