Saturday, January 28

Tag: Best of Enemies

<strong>Best of Enemies – Noel Coward Theatre</strong>
London

Best of Enemies – Noel Coward Theatre

It is 1968 in the United States of America. The elections are approaching, ABC news trails behind NBC and CBS. To catch up with the competition, they setup an experimental debate between Gore Vidal, a left-wing writer and William Buckley, a pamphleteer for the Conservatives; in one of a kind prime time show. The conflict is simple. Conservatives goes against Libertarianism. (And we can never get enough of it). ‘Which country do you belong to?’ The right or the left? Democratic or Republican? The incorrect question is the backbone of the conflict. It simply assumes the answer has to be an either, or. Throughout the play, one kept wondering what happens if a citizen chooses neither, nor? Or what happens to the subjective benefits and failures that come with choosing one and vice versa. D...
Best of Enemies – Young Vic
London

Best of Enemies – Young Vic

Travelling back to 1968, we are thrown of where to look. Television screens dotted in all directors, visual designs bringing the floor to life and a sudden influx of the famous figures who used to run America’s screens. This incredibly insightful, heated performance of America’s leading news channels battling out to pull in the most viewers, follows the ABC network trying out a new form of entertainment: putting opposite political views together and discussing. Where this may be a very popular and everyday occurrence for this day and age, we see how this now, almost obsessive form of television was brought to life. In particular we follow William F Buckley, a conservative popular figure battle it out with the Liberal, ‘Gore Vidal’ as they discuss the upcoming election. Through these cu...