‘Best of Enemies’ review – James Graham’s discourse drama is delightful déjà vu


Not only that, but that we’re in the same position now as we were almost 50 years ago. Public discontent (then, Vietnam; now, a dysfunctional government), sensationalist media (then, a heated and televised debate; now, certain right-wing newspapers) and an inability for people to have a civilised debate. At its most meta, we see history repeat itself as the cast act out televised moments from history behind them, on one of the three giant TV screens. The resemblance is uncanny, and most striking in Syrus Lowe’s portrayal of novelist James Baldwin, finely executed to the mannerism.

An audio described performance will take place on 17 December, with captioned and relaxed performances taking place on 6 January and 13 January respectively.

The production will be broadcast online from 20-22 January, with subtitles, audio description and British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation available.

Production Images: Wasi Daniju.

Disclaimer: I was invited to review ‘Best of Enemies’ for free as a member of the press in exchange for a review of the performance. I did not receive payment for this article and all opinions stated are honest and my own.

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