Look Back In Anger at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Patrick Knowles as Jimmy Porter. Photo credit: Robert Day
Patrick Knowles as Jimmy Porter. Photo credit: Robert Day
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This glimpse into a madhouse of a marriage doesn’t pull any punches – with the result that one is left feeling somewhat punch drunk after it all.

We are taken into the eye of a storm – an emotional and mental maelstrom that takes no prisoners. And the vitriol is at times unrelenting.

Daisy Badger as Helena and Patrick Knowles as Jimmy Porter. Photo credit: Robert Day

Daisy Badger as Helena and Patrick Knowles as Jimmy Porter. Photo credit: Robert Day

The central character is Jimmy Porter (played excellently by Patrick Knowles) and whether you look on him as deep or deranged will depend on where your sympathies lie. He certainly has issues – issues which marked this play out as a classic. But whether his mental fragility serves the cause of those issues.

If you’re looking to be entertained, then look the other way. If, however, you want to be challenged then this is as big a challenge as you’ll get.

The play runs until April 30th and tickets are available on 01204-520661.