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‘I KNEW FROM VERY EARLY ON THAT I WANTED TO WORK IN TELEVISION. TELEVISION SEEMED THEN AND STILL SEEMS A MASSIVELY POWERFUL MEANS OF INTERVENING IN SOCIETY’ TREVOR GRIFFITHS Join us for a journey into Trevor Griffiths’ gripping and insightful TV work, invites season programmer Marcus Prince Despite his great success in the theatre (Occupations, Comedians, The Party), Trevor Griffiths has always been a passionate advocate of the television play – ‘I simply cannot understand socialist playwrights who do not devote most of their time to television... if for every Sweeney that went out, a Bill Brand went out, there would be a real struggle for the popular imagination’. The plays in this season are all fine examples of his work written specifically for that medium. From his famous series Bill Brand to single plays such as All Good Men and Country, Griffiths displays a unique ability to dramatise complex political ideologies, brought vividly to life through powerful dialogue and an intuitive feel for character. The political is rendered personal in wholly dramatic terms, and perhaps it is for this reason that Warren Beatty chose Griffiths to write the screenplay for his film Reds. Rediscover the power and complexity of Griffiths’ television work. WANT MORE? See p13 for Trevor Griffiths in Conversation


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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