Look Back in Anger

the salon:collective presents John Osborne’s spring of discontent 60 years on

Who’s angry now?

John Osborne’s groundbreaking debut play, Look Back in Anger, rocked the British theatre establishment 60 years ago at the newly cutting-edge Royal Court Theatre. Now the salon:collective has been commissioned to create a 60th-anniversary production, directed by Dominic Kelly.

Performed on the anniversary night (May 7) at the Osborne and After festival in Osborne’s final home of Clun, Shropshire, the salon’s Look Back in Anger will be as raw, vital and exciting as the first night at the Royal Court in 1956.

It will take the audience back to a time where being real (even ironing) on stage was shocking and inappropriate. Although times have changed in the theatre, the debates on adultery, class wars and abortion give contemporary audiences much food for thought. If you’d like to see the show on May 7, and check out more events devoted to John Osborne’s life and work, you’ll find everything you need at www.osborneandafter.org

If you can’t make it, you can still share in the fun. Enjoy a glimpse into the rehearsal process through our blog as we follow a young couple and their friends in a series of increasingly brutal domestic battles and heartrending reconciliations.

Rehearsal images of the cast

Meet the Cast

Look Back in Anger was set in the spring of the Suez crisis but our actors – Simon Donohue, Alison Latham, Nick Skaugen, Simon Furness and Anabel Barnston – have discovered there’s still plenty to be angry about. Look out for their riotous rants @collectivesalon

Meet the Director

Dominic Kelly is artistic director of the salon:collective. He has assisted and worked with leading Meisner coaches, Tom Radcliffe (Actors Temple)  and Martin Barter (Sanford Meisner Centre, LA). Recent directing work includes TRAILER/Trash (The Junction, Cambridge), My Name is Hunger (Park Theatre), Random Acts of Shakespeare (London site specific),  Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall), Four Corners, One Heart (Theatre 503), the 40th Anniversary production of Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth (King’s  Head), The Echo Chamber (Cockpit Theatre), Normalisation (From the  Ashes Films), Postman’s Park (St Pancras Crypt).