James Graham's new play examining the shift of debates and political campaigning to TV screens.
Based on the Morgan Neville and Robert Gordan documentary which focuses on the 1968 presidential race. "Best of Enemies" is an exploration of the way in which the public's relationship with political figures changed drastically with the introduction of television into the realm of politics. Written by James Graham ('Labour of Love', 'Quiz'). Jeremy Herrin ('This House') directs.
Herrin’s production, co-produced by Headlong Theatre, is dynamic but rough around the edges, with some small fluffs on opening night. But a slightly imperfect new James Graham play will always be streets ahead of the competition.
No playwright has a scalpel as sharp as James Graham’s when it comes to dissecting politics; he has a brilliance and edge that strips away all unnecessary material till the beating heart of the matter is revealed.
But for a show that is technically slick throughout (and features an insanely impressive ensemble cast), the most thrilling moments come during the TV debates, when the archive clips are replaced with a live feed being filmed on stage.