DOI: 10.5040/9781472588708.00000019
Acts: 4. Roles: Male (10) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

Backstage at a hung parliament, visionary Independent Henry Trebell is co-opted by the Tories to push through a controversial Bill. Pursuing his cause with missionary zeal, he’s barely distracted by his brief affair with a married woman until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man.

Famously banned by the censors in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s controversial masterpiece gathers a large ensemble to expose a cut-throat, cynical world of sex, sleaze and suicide amongst the political elite of Edwardian England.Waste was first presented by the Stage Society at the Imperial Theatre, Westminster, UK, on 24 November 1907, in a production directed by the playwright.

From Granville Barker Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Harley Granville Barker

ISBN: 9780413675309

Series: World Classics

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