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The core of the piece remains unchanged. It's all about men behaving badly: in this case an elite Oxford dining group, the Riot Club, who meet in a rural gastropub with the principal aim of getting totally smashed – "chateaued", as they call it – and trashing the premises. An apparent spoof on Oxford's notorious Bullingdon Club, whose past members include Boris Johnson, George Osborne and David Cameron, Posh is a satirical play about power, politics and privilege, and how these elements interact within British institutions. Wade has now tuned up the language of the screenplay. "It's like a musical score," she says. "The script exists as a top line, and then there's an underscore of banter that needs to happen all the time to make it feel like a lively dinner with lots of conversations all around the table rather than people taking turns to speak as they do on stage." Riot boys aren't going away. The club and their ilk may sometimes go into hibernation for a while, but the structures are still very much in place for the boys' survival. Not just in politics; 70 per cent of our judges, for example, went to fee-paying schools. Whether you like the look or not, that tailcoat is a tough shell, a suit of armour. The posh boy is a very hardy species. In February 2015 the regional premiere was co-produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Salisbury Playhouse, directed by Susannah Tresilian. [8] Film adaptation [ edit ]

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American premiere, produced by Luna Theater Company at Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, January 2010 Wade, Laura. "Oberon Books – The UK's most exciting independent publisher". Oberonbooks.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016 . Retrieved 26 November 2016.Laura Wade’s new play, Pos h, opened in the middle of the election campaign, as intended, as a minor intervention in that process. Set during one evening in the dining room of a rural pub-restaurant, it followed the ‘Riot Club’ in their arcane rituals as they drink and eat to excess and then smash the room up. It’s based loosely on the Bullingdon Club at Oxford, whose former members include the current Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister. Any club that produced the three most powerful politicians in England is worth examining and I’ve been looking forward to it. Wade returned to the regency period for a new TV series she is developing. She has plans for another play, too, perhaps based around notions of comfort and what it takes to feel comfortable. Theatre has felt like a drug since she first saw an audience laugh at jokes she had written. Now, she wants to watch and write hopeful plays that “help in some way”, she said. “If we want to make people feel capable of changing things, a dose of optimism goes a long way.” The Royal Court Theatre production opened during the 2010 United Kingdom general election campaign and garnered much attention for its timely portrayal of an Oxford University dining club which might be seen as a parody of the real life Bullingdon Club. A number of prominent Conservative politicians have been members of the Bullingdon, including David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson. Throughout the long development process, Lavender adds, Wade kept a close hold on the boys she had created.

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Cinema audiences may wonder whether a new character in Wade's screenplay – a state school undergraduate from Huddersfield called Lauren Small – is intended to represent the author herself. Initially no more than love interest, her later mistreatment makes the class conflict all too tangible. Wade's first play as an A-level student also featured a character close to her own experience. Limbo was staged in a studio at the prestigious Crucible theatre and was all about "a teenage girl in Sheffield going through extremely mild emotional difficulties", Wade once recalled. "I'm very good at research," she added. That said, I wouldn't want anyone to think Posh or The Riot Club represent my thoughts on Oxford students or the university as an institution. I didn't go to Oxford, and even if I had I suspect I would have moved in very different circles. The boys in the film are a tiny, rarefied part of the university cosmos. They even put a figure on it: "We're 10 people out of 20,000. The top 10." There are some intensifications of the ritual; the oaths, the rules, the costumes - which at one point flare into further life with the arrival of the ghost of the Club’s founder - and there are games and forfeits galore. This makes the play continually watchable, oiled smoothly by bitingly horrible dialogue and characters. The key to a Riot boy's charisma is firstly the product of a very good education. The Riot boys know who they are. They know their place in a historical continuum (apart from a few blips, their families have run the country for generations and will continue to do so); and their education gives them confidence. These boys are also intellectually impressive: they're clever enough to be able to follow an argument through to its conclusion, even if they don't agree with it.I was reminded of a famous essay Henry Fairlie wrote in the Spectator in 1955, in which he defined "the establishment" as "the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power in Britain is exercised".

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