by John Osborne
The White Bear Theatre, Kennington
David has been invited by The White Bear to direct the world premiere of John Osborne’s Personal Enemy: one of two Osborne plays censored and lost for over half a century by the Lord Chamberlain’s office, but found in the British Library last year. Due to The White Bear’s ongoing relationship with the Osborne estate we have secured the rights for performance in June 2010. Personal Enemy – never before performed in its entirety and written with Anthony Creighton - is a sharp interrogation of small-town thinking and the tyranny of familial ‘love’. Set in the early 1950s in ‘Langley Springs, USA’, the play follows Mrs Constant, a mother and a pillar of the community, as her allegiance to her Country and her God is tested by her allegiance to her sons. Both the Constant boys are accused of being ‘communists’ and ‘homosexuals’, both put themselves in mortal danger for their beliefs and both ask for forgiveness and love from their mother.