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|West End Up In Arms
- Thespians protest against the war
THE ALLIED invasion of Iraq continues to send ripples of outrage through theatreland. Justin Butcher's hard hitting farce, The Madness Of George Dubya, is the latest anti-government drama to hit the stage. Following in the footsteps of recent anti-war plays Warcrime and Dance Bear, Dance, Butcher's play opens April 2 at the Arts Theatre.
In retrospect Butcher's topical drama boasts prophetic powers. He penned his biting satire earlier this year in response to US and British militarism in the Gulf. With a plot taking inspiration from the film Dr Strangelove, Butcher's play features a lunatic US commanding general who sends nuclear missiles into Iraq, prompting President George Dubya and the British Prime Minister to stop their planes in an effort to avoid full blown war.
The play builds on Butcher's success with the hit Scaramouche Jones at the Riverside Studios last year and expresses frustration at the failure of anti-war protests to register with Prime Minister Tony Blair. The barbed attack on British politics achieved success at fringe theatres the Teatro Technis and the Pleasance before securing its forthcoming West End slot. "I just flung together an anti-war play in a matter of days, rehearsed it in a week and bunged it on in London," says Butcher.