In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a world premiere from the author of Goodbye To All That and I Claudius, Robert Graves’ “post-catastrophic comedy”, But It Still Goes On, directed by Fidelis Morgan, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 as part of the Finborough Theatre’s THEGREATWAR100 series commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
London 1932. Cecil Tompion, a popular writer, has bullied his children for most of their lives. Now, his son, an ex-army officer who survived the trenches of the Western Front, and his daughter, a doctor, are trying to break free. Their lives touched by another ex-soldier, David, and close friend Charlotte, who both desperately struggle to repress their homosexuality.
The generation that survived a war, have to confront who they really are when they discover that family is just another battlefield.
This unique rediscovery, never previously performed, But It Still Goes On by poet and novelist Robert Graves was written in 1929 as a commission from the producers of Journey’s End. Influenced by the drawing room comedies of Noël Coward and W. Somerset Maugham, it explores themes of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, gender politics, casual sex, and inter-generational conflict, but with a surreal dark twist. It now finally receives its long overdue world premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.
Fidelis Morgan directs Alan Cox, Victor Gardener, Jack Klaff, Hayward B Morse, Rachel Pickup, Claire Redcliffe, Joshua Ward, Sophie Ward and Charlotte Weston.