TREVOR GRIFFITHS @BFI 39 THU 11 MAY 18:20 NFT2 FRI 19 MAY 18:10 NFT2 TUE 9 MAY 20:30 NFT3 All Good Men Play for Today. BBC 1974. Dir Michael Lindsay-Hogg. With Bill Fraser, Ronald Pickup, Jack Shepherd, Frances De La Tour. 63min In its devastating critique of the Labour Party, the play can be seen as a precursor to Griffiths’ masterwork series Bill Brand (1976). A Marxist son (Shepherd) returns to confront his father (Fraser), a moderate Labour politician, about his acceptance of a peerage. The fascinating dialectic and family revelations that emerge result in what Dennis Potter described as ‘some of the sharpest, most telling and intelligent speeches ever heard on television’. + Oi for England Central ITV 1982. Dir Tony Smith. With Adam Kotz, Neil Pearson, Richard Platt. 54min Written in response to the riots of the early 1980s and a worrying rise in neo-Nazism, Griffiths’ play remains as relevant today as when it was written. A band of four working-class skinheads rehearse in a Moss Side basement. As race riots rage outside, a mysterious individual arrives with the offer to play at a fascist rally, and suddenly loyalties are tested to breaking point. Food for Ravens BBC Wales 1997. Dir Trevor Griffiths. With Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack, Dean Carey Davies. 84min Commemorating the centenary of Aneurin Bevan’s birth and winner of the Royal Television Society’s Best Regional Programme, this play (both written and directed by Griffiths) is a tender and poetic eulogy to the founder of the NHS. As ill health catches up with him, Bevan re-examines his great speeches in the House and above all his unshakeable belief in the people. Griffiths’ unsentimental script builds a picture of a complex and great man, while Brian Cox’s magnificent performance beautifully conjures the ghosts of the past. Joint ticket available with Trevor Griffiths in Conversation (see p13) Tue 9 May 18:20 NFT3 £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) Through the Night Play for Today. BBC 1975. Dir Michael Lindsay- Hogg. With Alison Steadman, Jack Shepherd. 83min Based on the harrowing story of Griffiths’ then-wife's experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, this was one of the first plays to place the subject in the public domain and is credited with having changed attitudes and practices across the NHS. Steadman gives a heartrending performance as she encounters the dehumanising insensitivities of the system as it existed in 1975.
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