10 Shrivings by Peter ShafferShrivings is the name of a retreat run by Gideon, a charismatic philosopher working for peace David is one of his followers, as is Lois, who is also Gideon s caretaker David s father, Mark, is a writer who used to be one of Gideon s best friends, but he has cut off both David and Gideon He has also tormented his paralyzed wife to death Mark wants to offload his guilt onto Gideon and shame David Gideon has sworn that he will not banish Mark, but Mark s behaviour becomes disgusting, to the point of seducing Lois, who is theoretically David s girlfriend It is interesting to note that this play has never had a staged production Usually it is actors who are accused of chewing the scenery, but in this case, it is just about written in the stage directions I really wonder if four actors could keep up the intensity of the d
☆ Shrivings: A play in three acts ò Peter Shaffer writes in the preface that this play has never been performed I think that is a good thing The passages in this are long, complex, and rich in detail It works well in writing but I think it would have suffered as theatre.
The play explores the nature of pacifism What does it mean to be a true pacifist What is the real price of idealism I am not sure if it answers these questions adequately but it is thought provoking at every turn.
Fundamentally, it has the same structure as Five Finger Exercise a stranger enters the family and shows them all the tears in the fabric The stranger, however, is never a cause and always merely a catalyst.
Brash and brutal but not brilliant importantly, however, never a boring moment.