Sneak Preview Review: PROUD

by Lynn on September 25, 2012

in The Passionate Playgoer

At the Berkeley Street Theatre, Upstairs. Written by Michael Healey. Directed by Miles Potter. Starring Michael Healey and Maev Beaty.

Plays at the Berkeley Street Theatre, Upstairs until Oct. 6.

At last, Proud, by Michael Healey has finally opened. It’s Healey’s final play in a trilogy about politics and the people. He examines the thinking of a mostly unnamed prime minister, his beliefs, ideas, Machiavellian thought processes. This is the play that was not considered for programming by artistic director Richard Rose, even though Healey wrote it at Tarragon as one of its ‘writers-in-residence’.

Rose apparently was advised that the prime minister might find the play unacceptable and perhaps might sue—that’s one theory. So Rose didn’t programme it and Healey left Tarragon after a fruitful 10 years of writing there and seeing many of his plays produced there.

Through tenacity and resolve Healey is producing Proud himself and starring in it.

The writing is full of Healey’s usual wit, smarts, perception, imagination, but all that doesn’t make this a play.

Full review on CIUT FRIDAY MORNING 89.5 FM. Friday, September 28 between 9 am and 10 am.

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1 Susan Moffat September 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Just one little point of clarity. It was never in the Tarragon line-up. Therefore it could not be bumped.