HARD BOYS IN WHITE SHIRTS
Festival Club, Edinburgh
August, 1991

Alfred Kopf is a man determined to make it to the top, and believes firmly that the old ways are best: violence, blackmail and media manipulation. Alistair McGowan's central character is a disarmingly self-conscious, soliloquising bastard in the mould of Richard III. The crass portrayals of press people belie the cogency of the play's preoccupations the media's annexation by the power-hungry in and out of government. None of the laughs are gratuitous, and the final impression is of lightness disguising considerable bite, rather like a tin of Diet Irn Bru.

Written for The Independent.

Copyright Ian Shuttleworth; all rights reserved.

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