Mr Gillie

Finborough Theatre

Mr Gillie

25 Jun 2017 - 11 Jul 2017

£18.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
3 reviews

2.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

I find most good men occupied in designing and strengthening cages. I do not like cages. I think that the few minutes between the door of the cage and the jaws of the cat make life worth living.

Village headmaster William Gillie is killed by the furniture van coming to take away his possessions, as he is being evicted from his home when his school is closed down. He has spent his entire teaching career fighting the Education Board’s narrow idea of schooling, trying to inspire his pupils to strive for great creative lives. Having lost his school and his home and with none of his pupils quite finding the wings to fly free, his life is examined by a heavenly Procurator and Judge.

For all his efforts to inspire great artistic freedom, did he actually achieve anything in his life? Or is the very act of trying and hoping enough?

Combining lovingly drawn characters with Bridie’s trademark dry wit, this wry 1950 comedy explores the impact one individual human life can have.


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“Secombe: sharp, contained, conflicted... Subtleties are beautifully brought to light in the detailed direction.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“The actors all seem to be in different plays... Bridie is a good enough dramatist for his arguments not to be sonorously boomed.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Turgid... Creaky, tediously verbose... Excruciatingly drawn out in endless chair-bound speechifying... A moribund production.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

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