The cast features Tom Hollander (last seen on stage in The Hotel in Amsterdam at the Donmar in 2003), Jason Watkins and Green Wing co-stars Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pippa Haywood. To his family’s horror, Ned reveals he’s the brains behind a new military technology. When the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership, Ned starts to question himself. The production reunites director Roger Michell with designer William Dudley and lighting designer Rick Fisher, the creative team from Penhall’s breakthrough play Blue/Orange, which premiered at the NT in 2000.
Overnight critics enjoyed the debate stirred up by Penhall’s political play, and were highly impressed by the performances of the cast, particularly singling out Hollander’s characterisation as a highlight. However, they were unconvinced by several plot contrivances and Penhall’s portrait of a military scientist who seems far too naïve to the potential for exploitation.
- by Caroline Ansdell