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Prospect recommends: Comedians

By Michael Coveney  

Holmes and Kelly: questioning the nature of laughter


No playwright of the 1970s wrote more passionately on politics and revolution than Trevor Griffiths. But both Occupations, about Gramsci, and The Party, on the media’s channelling of the Paris événements (which saw Laurence Olivier’s final stage appearance, as a Glaswegian Trotskyite) were eclipsed by Comedians in 1975.

First directed by Richard Eyre at the Nottingham Playhouse, this study of a working-class night school for clowns run by a fading old…

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