Displays a play!
The Wesker Trilogy - I'm Talking about Jerusalem
1960, (4w 9m - doubling)
ADA KAHN, the daughter of the
'Chicken Soup' family, marries DAVE SIMMONDS. They move to
an isolated house in Norfolk where they struggle through a
back-to-the-land experiment. DAVE makes furniture by hand.
Friends and family visit them throughout their
12 rural years charting and commenting on the fortunes of
their experiment. It doesn't work, but they end gratified
to have had the courage to try.
do you think I am, Ronnie? You think I'm an artist's craftsman? Nothing
of the sort. A designer? Not even that. Designers are ten a penny.
I don't mind Ronnie - believe me I don't. (But he does.) I've reached
the point where I can face the fact that I'm not a prophet. Once I
had - I don't know - a - a moment of vision, and I yelled at your
Aunt Esther that I was a prophet. A prophet! Poor woman, I don't think
she understood. All I meant was I was a sort of spokesman. That's
all. But it passed. Look, I'm a bright boy. There aren't many flies
on me and when I was younger I was even brighter. I was interested
and alive to everything, history, anthropology, philosophy, architecture
- I had ideas. But not now. Not now Ronnie. I don't know - it's sort
of sad this what I'm saying, it's a sad time for both of us, Ada and
me, sad,and yet - you know - it's not all that bad. We came here,
we worked hard, we've loved every minute of it and we're still young…"
call for dignity in living, an individual shout of rejection in the
face of scepticism and debased values … Wesker writes entirely
from the heart. His craftsmanship is impeccable …It remains a
great compassionate sigh of a play and our theatre is the richer for
Wesker's endowment of talent…
Robert Muller, Daily Mail