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Farouk Campbell

When the Wind Blows at Southwark Playhouse

A profound sadness prevails in Raymond Briggs' When the Wind Blows. This poignant and tragic tale shows the domestic solitude of Jim and Hilda Bloggs eclipsed by cataclysmic world events.

Oblivious absurdities mixed with slowly impending doom and ailing health fuse into a very moving piece of drama. The touching simplicity of the Bloggs' insular perspective and sustained credibility of their waning health is rendered skilfully in stellar performances from Linda Broughton and Mike Burnside.

Can the prospect of nuclear holocaust and its devastating after-effects be amusing? Yes. When its well acted and filled with ironic comic humour.

Southwark Playhouse

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