The Hothouse - National
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#1 Jun 14, 2007
An early play that I first saw performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in the mid-eighties. At that time it was considered a lightweight effort.
It has since been performed in major venues and now appears to be included in the 'respected' category.
From the point of view as a mental health campaigner and an interest in the historical development of mh services, I would say it is uncannily accurate in its portrayal of the current pseudo-care given to the mh patient.
Consider that it was written pre- the 1959 and 1983 Acts and the modernisation of services.
Good play but no comedy. Social realism.
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