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'I wanted to try something a bit radical. I'm sorry you couldn't handle it.'
1983, Kilburn. 34 year old Will has flung open the doors to his marital home, but his liberal experiment is not going to plan. He's been condemned to the sofa by his wife's lesbian lover, despite having invited her in; his over-sexed men's discussion group seems bent on self-destruction; his tabloid hack of a lodger is a permanently offensive fixture; and now battered wife Ange has come to stay, her abusive husband in tow.
Doug Lucie's brilliantly sharp comic drama takes a hilarious and terrifying look at sexuality, marriage and morals, and mercilessly exposes middle class hypocrisies. Brutal, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Progress questions whether a combination of security and excitement in a relationship is ever possible. Almost 25 years on, how far have we progressed?
Last seen in Britain in 1986, Progress was hailed by the Evening Standard as 'an anguished, hilarious masterpiece' and as 'a masterpiece of comedy' by The Times. Progress won Doug Lucie The Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award.
"Well deserving of another airing..highly recommended"
"Silver Thread's exceptional revival...well-judged,
entertaining and deeply provocative"
Totally Theatre ****
"Sharp satire...hugely entertaining and comical"
Remote Goat ****
"Moving moments...an interesting piece of theatre"
"An engaging play...throws up plenty of surprises"
"Extremely witty and entertaining"
The Telegraph ***
“More than enough moments of still-fresh, brutal humour
to warrant the revisit"