Maydays (2018 version)
David Edgar's landmark play Maydays is about the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics.
It is a story of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. A story told through a number of interlocking narratives, across three continents and twenty-five years of tumultuous history.
First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, London, in 1983, Maydays was revived in this new version, also by the RSC, in September 2018.
This version of Maydays is also available in the volume Maydays & Trying It On: two plays.
Extra Content: Mark Lawson on David Edgar's updating of Maydays for the 2018 Royal Shakespeare Company production, in an article for the Guardian, 8 October 2018.
'David Edgar's magnificent new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company is an epic, brilliantly plotted piece of writing that takes revolution as its theme'The Financial Times (1983)
'Sprawling, cerebral, and at times unflinching in its dissection of radicalism at both ends of the political spectrum, Maydays tells an epic, decades-spanning story of youthful idealism colliding with human nature... this timely revised version draws out moments of resonance between the seismic political shifts of the late sixties, and the polarising uncertainty of the present'The Stage (2018)
'One of distinguished playwright David Edgar's most coruscating gems... an invaluable historical treatise, Maydays undoubtedly possesses a timely resonance'Telegraph (2018)
11 Oct 2018
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