|Barons Court Theatre Presents The Tailors' Last Stand|
Penny Flood enjoys the premiere of a sharply observed new play
The Tailors’ Last Stand is a sharply observed play about people facing up to the end of the dreams they’ve clung to for years, and espousing reality. At its heart it’s political but you don’t have to be political to enjoy it because it’s also very human, very funny and very touching, with a story line that keeps you guessing to the end.
He never gets to the end of his speech as a fight breaks out between two of the others, resulting in a hilarious battle with a Zimmer frame and walking stick. A later battle isn’t so funny when divisions between socialists come to the fore as Max sings the Red Flag and Barney sings the Internationale back at him.
The writing is very sharp so, although at times they’re reminiscing on dialectical materialism, the failure of Socialism and the disappointment of realising the cruel truth about the Soviet Union, it never descends into boredom.
At times it’s near farcical, and although we do eventually learn why George falls off his chair, we never get to the bottom of what Marx thought about the universe.
You’ve got until March 10 to see it, at 7.30pm each evening with an additional matinee on Saturday March 9 at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) and to book, call the box office on
0208 932 4747.
March 4, 2013