Cyprus Mail

Look back in anger

Who doesn’t know John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger? The play was well-received by the theatre community, becoming an enormous commercial success, transferring to the West End and Broadway, and even touring to Moscow, before being turned into a motion picture in 1956. It is this play that is believed to have transformed Osborne from a struggling playwright into a wealthy and famous personality.

Versus Theater has staged Look Back in Anger in Cyprus since mid-January and will continue until February 3. This production in Greek was translated by Maria Kyriakou and Anthi Zahariadou and is directed by Maria Kyriakou.

The play focuses on the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of working-class origin, Jimmy Porter, and his equally competent yet impassive upper-middle-class wife Alison.

It is believed that Osborne drew inspiration from his personal life and failing marriage with Pamela Lane while writing Look Back in Anger. The play spawned the term ‘angry young men’ to describe Osborne and those of his generation who employed the harshness of realism in the theatre in contrast to the more escapist theatre that characterised the previous generation.

Look Back in Anger
Performance of John Osborne’s play. Until February 3. On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. B Municipal Market (Theatro Ena), Limassol. In Greek. 8.30pm. Tel: 99-395970

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