Plays Directory : The Hang of the Gaol

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Howard Barker
  • Overview
    This play by Howard Barker first appeared on stage in the late 70s and to a certain extent still reflects on political corruption today. The plot revolves around the burning down of Middenhurst Prison and the attempts between various civil servants, warders and politicians to hide the truth.
    A scene from The Hang of the Gaol at Brockley Jack theatre, London

    A scene from The Hang of the Gaol at Brockley Jack theatre, London

    Barker’s text, even nearly 40 years on, is still difficult to absorb, but thankfully an accomplished cast imbibe the caustic dialogue with a graceful rhythm that brings the piece to life without loosing its power. Barker still has the power to shock but it is a misguided company who make this the focus of his work.

    There are a couple of stand-out performances, particularly from Julian Bird as shifty cabinet minister Stagg and Alan Thorpe, stealing every scene as the vociferous civil servant, Jardine. Newcomers Toby Liszt as Ponting and Matthew Forsythe as Whip bring an interesting timbre to the casting while Anne-Marie Hughes and Maggi-Anne Lowe add warmth despite the revealing nature of their conversation.

    There are occasional moments where director Doug Rollins appears to have lost his way with the staging, but it rarely detracts from the growing tension and Christina Soru’s set design compliments the piece admirably.

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Connected mandy members:

Sam Raffal
Sam Raffal
Actor
2011, Dockerill
The Brockley Jack
Mark Lisseman
2011, Roy Udy
Brockley Jack
Anita Creed (formerly Gollschewsky)
2011, Angela
Brockley Jack Theatre
Maggi-Anne Lowe
2011, Jane Cooper
Brockley Jack Theatre
Adam Lewis
Adam Lewis
Actor
2011, Cooper
Brockley Jack Theatre
Julian Bird
Julian Bird
Actor
2011, William Stagg
The Brockley Jack
Toby Liszt
Toby Liszt
Actor
2011, Ponting
Brockley Jack
Anne-marie Hughes
2011, Matheson
The Brockley Jack Theatre
Martyn Hill
Martyn Hill
Front of House / FOH Manager
2011, Producer
The brockley Jack Studio
Martyn Hill
Martyn Hill
Front of House / FOH Manager
2011, Lighting Desginer/Operator
The brockley Jack Studio