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"Friends and Crocodiles" traces the relationship of maverick entrepreneur Paul Reynolds and his colleague Lizzie Thomas over a period of 20 years from the beginning of the Thatcher years to the rise of the electronic age and the dot-com bubble. Paul persuades Lizzie to work for him as his personal assistant, and becomes her mentor. She is inspired by his drive and creativity, but appalled by his lack of organisation and occasionally destructive anarchic lifestyle. After she calls the police to terminate an extravagant party which has got out of hand, they part, vowing never to meet again, but, over the years, their paths continually cross, as Lizzie rises through the corporate world and Paul's fortunes rise and fall. The play is an examination of the nature of personal relationships where work and ideas are more powerful drivers than sexual emotions, and also a panoramic view of the rapid changes in British society in the '80's and '90's.Written by
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For anyone that's a fan of drama from the pen of the incredible Poliakoff, then this will be something to savour.
Friends and Crocodiles spans three decades, looking at a range of fascinating, and quirky characters.
It is intensely absorbing drama, the characters are huge, and what's most interesting is the directions their lives go in. He writes a somewhat whimsical story, one which doesn't have the teeth of most drama made today, you could argue, but it's his particular style that is so captivating.
The acting is incredible, Damian Lewis and Joshi May are both sublime, as are the whole cast.
It's a visual feast, and Poliakoff employs his usual traits, photographs, memories, and of course life through the years.
A drama to get lost in. 9/10
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