Play for Today: Schmoedipus

Schmoedipus.  Broadcast 20 June 1974.  Directed by Barry Davis.  Written by Dennis Potter.  Duration: 67 minutes.

Cast: Tim Curry (Glen), Anna Cropper (Elizabeth Carter), John Carson (Tom Carter), John Horsley (Ronnie), Bob Hoskins (Blake), Carol Macready (Dorothy).

One of the strongest Play for Todays, this odd play by Dennis Potter concerns Liz, a mild-mannered housewife; her train-made husband Tom, bored to tears in his scientific office; and a mysterious stranger called Glen.

In the twists and turns of this plot we learn about all three of them, and the tangled web of secrets, lies and games which pulls them together.

Not unreminiscent of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this play is sweet, sexy, disturbing, and ultimately tense, and boasts strong performances from Anna Cropper and Tim Curry as the ‘mother’ and ‘son’ in the case.

Rarely seen these days, this play was remade for the screen as Track 29 in 1988, with Gary Oldman in the Tim Curry role. This, too, has become rather obscure.

A pity, as Schmoedipus is a clever piece, witty, charming, and with an undercurrent of pure evil. Curry would of course become very well-known as Frank ‘n Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a part which suited his odd looks and demeanour perfectly.

About Louise Penn

Writer, reviewer, fan. View all posts by Louise Penn

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

ENTERTAINMENT REALM

Amy Steele on music, books and other (mostly alternative) entertainment

London Life With Liz

Lover of good food, good wine and all things London-related - theatre, music, history and Arsenal FC being some of my particular passions. Join me on my travels around this amazing city and beyond...

Forgotten Television Drama

Uncovering the lost history of British TV Drama

reviewsrevues

Book reviews, author interviews, music reviews. A revue of reviews!

Being Curious

reflections on living with life

%d bloggers like this: