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The Fifth Column

Southwark Playhouse, London (***)

Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

© Phil Gammon, Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

Over the past dozen years or so, Tricia Thorns and Two’s Company have unearthed some terrific forgotten plays, notably about WWI and the role of women in society. Alas the London premiere, almost eighty years on, of Ernest Hemingway’s only play, The Fifth Column is unlikely to be marked amongst them though Thorns typically marshals her forces at Southwark Playhouse with flair and attention to detail. Continue reading