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Two reviews of The Wages of Thin

Two reviews of
The Wages of Thin
An early play by Trevor Griffiths

At the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ (Angel Tube), until 15th May 2010

Review by Theo Bosanquet,
What’s on Stage, 2010

In 1969, six years before Comedians brought him international acclaim, Trevor Griffiths wrote this one act black comedy, which sat gathering dust in a filing cabinet for over 30 years before it was published by his wife in a recent anthology of his plays.

Set in a public toilet, it centres on Alfred Rimbaud Thin, a white collar worker who finds himself accosted by two violent and shady 'detectives'. Telling him he's being questioned in relation to a murder case (the dead body happens to be in one of the cubicles), they proceed to press this ordinary man into laying bare his private life, most notably the fact that he's gay.

Written in the wake of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexuality, it ruminates on the issue of sexual privacy, and feels r…