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Trying It On

11th-13th October 2019, Omnibus theatre, London

Playwright and commentator David Edgar was a speaker at the first Stuart Hall Public Conversation in February 2018. His autobiographical solo show Trying it On has returned from its Edinburgh Fringe run at The Traverse with a galaxy of four star reviews, and is now on its autumn tour, including a three days at the Clapham Omnibus from Thursday 11th to Sunday 13th October.

The play confronts David’s 20-year-old, revolutionary self of 1968 with the 70-year-old of now, and asks how the legacy of the 60s impacts on the radical politics of today. It draws heavily on Stuart’s thinking on 1968, the rise of the right in the 1970s, and Thatcherism.

On the Saturday night there is a post-show panel discussion about the themes of the play with activists Hilary Wainwright and Lynne Segal, two of the co-authors of the seminal 1979 classic Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism, chaired by James Curran.  

The show also has runs at Oxford's North Wall, the Warwick Arts Centre and Bristol's Tobacco Factory, as well as playing dates at Brewery Arts, Kendal, the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Derby Playhouse, and the Universities of Aberystwyth, Kent, York, and East Anglia.  

Turns out the show I’d been craving all month was @DavidBEdgar’s Trying It On. Substantive. Searching. Self-aware. Not the show I expected at all - and more fool me for that assumption. Boomers and millennials, unite and fight. @matttrueman

Very smartly directed by Christopher Haydon, this is a fiercely intelligent and considered show. Lyn Gardner, Stagedoo

 Hugely stimulating ... as charming as it is challenging. Dominic Maxwell, The Times

A triumph of confessional courage. Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ The National

★★★★ Independent

★★★★ The Stage

★★★The Herald 

★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

★★★★ Lothian Life

★★★★ Three Weeks

★★★★ Across the Arts

★★★★ Time Out

★★★★ British Theatre Guide

★★★★ Fest Mag

★★★★ The Reviews Hub