The Ruling Class

The Ruling Class Etonians aren t exactly noted for their grey matter but I ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society Jack a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits the title of the

  • Title: The Ruling Class
  • Author: Peter Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780435230562
  • Page: 264
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  • Etonians aren t exactly noted for their grey matter, but I ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centreEtonians aren t exactly noted for their grey matter, but I ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation.Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award winning and Oscar nominated writer Peter Barnes s razor sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility.This edition of the play is published to coincide with the first ever revival of this classic cult comedy at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 16 January 2015.

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    1. This is the only play that I read without having watching it beforehand. I could only imagine how the stage is and the actors are behaving. The script itself was wicked. Full of twists and you won't be ever sure what'll happen next. The humour is subtle but on point, just at the amount that I like. Inside my head I imagined James Mcavoy as the 14th Earl of Gurney, goddamn what would I give to watch him going cuckoo and schizophrenic.

    2. So what was I trying to do in these plays? I wanted to write a roller-coaster drama of hairpin bends; a drama of expertise and ecstasy balanced on a tightrope between the comic and the tragic with a multi-faceted fly-like vision where every line was dramatic and every scene a play in itself; a drama with a language so exact it could describe what the flame of a candle looked like after the candle had been blown out and so high-powered it could fuse telephone wires and have a direct impact on r [...]

    3. The Ruling Class starts off hilarious and then gradually gets more sinister. At first I thought it was having a pop at free love hippies and the hypocritical adulterous upper classes that sneer at them, but then it gets more tortured and the ‘old school ties’ start to constrict the main character's ‘love’ message (like the noose at the beginning) leaving behind an hardened, nasty shell.There’s an amazing symmetry to the first and second half, though this could be Jamie Lloyd’s produc [...]

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