This article is from 2006.
Pick a modern metaphor, any modern metaphor. I hesitate to be someone who writes this sentence, but this play, about a socialist revolution in Spain in 1934, is not really about revolutionary Spain circa 1934. It has striking parallels with the 1984 miners’ strike and, more recently, the case of Scottish Socialist Party and Tommy Sheridan. The disparate strands of the left being brought together under one banner reminds of Sheridan bringing together the SSP and the strand that seem to be unravelling all around him.
Aside from being a modern parable, the performance manages to be an engrossing plot in its own right, which, given the presence a young General Franco in the cast of characters, and the inevitability of the outcome, is a feat all of itself. Whatever your view on British and Scottish politics, and to be fair to the events of the 1980s there’s more than one way you could interpret them, this is still a very entertaining play. (Richard Johnstone)
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