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Blue/Orange

I saw an interesting drama on BBC4 last night called Blue/Orange (first shown 2005). It's a three-handed theatre piece starring John Simm and Brian Cox as rival doctors in a psychiatric institution and Shaun Parkes as their patient, a possibly schizophrenic black man. As you can see - bloody outstanding casting.

I am generally quite critical of modern theatre: middle class, patronising, inauthentic, embarrassed. This one touched on race, insanity and philosophy, subjects where middle class self-congratulation is shrillest and most annoying. But it didn't annoy me, perhaps because almost everything that was said was ambiguous.

The writer Joe Penhall also wrote the scripts for Enduring Love and The Long Firm, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road which is due for release soon.
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