In Basildon PDF (Adobe DRM) download by David Eldridge

In Basildon

Methuen Drama
Publication date: February 2012
ISBN: 9781408180167
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'People always get the wrong idea about Essex don't they?'
Len's on his death bed and the family gather to say their final farewells. His sisters still aren't speaking after nearly 20 years, his nephew's trying for a baby - and a bigger house, while his best mate Ken remembers 'Bas-vegas' when it was a village. As the spread is laid out and the ham sandwiches sit next to the wreaths, it's hard to see who's hungry and who's just greedy.

In Basildon is full of explosive family dynamics and knotty relationships, embracing history, emotion and a strong sense of homeland. This depiction of indigenous Essex dwellers is uncompromising and at times harsh, but Eldridge also elicits deep sympathy for his characters as they face death, grief and crumbling familial bonds.

The play is an epic family drama exploring inheritance and the myth of place.
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From the title I had been expecting a superficial parody of family life in this Essex town, but instead I got a surprisingly profound look at the politics of family life. One man's death reunites a feuding family but instead of functioning in saccharine ideals, David Eldridge uses this emotionally fraught forum to expose both the beauty and ugliness of human nature. The power-play, friction and jealousies could have been lifted from many a modern-day family, but geographically-specific humour and cultural references root it firmly in Basildon. For an insider I can imagine it strikes every chord, but even for the outsider operating on sterotype, this is a sublime portrayl of family life and death. I hope at some point I have the opportunity to see this performed on stage.
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