Asking Around

Background to the David Hare Trilogy

David Hare

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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The candid interviews that formed the basis for David Hare's famed trilogy of plays about the state of Britain in the early 1990s.

Asking Around is a record of the firsthand documentary research that provided the inspiration and source material for David Hare's trilogy of plays, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, and The Absence of War. The trilogy examined the crises that faced three great British institutions -- the Church, the Law, and the Labour Party -- in the lead-up to the 1992 election that saw the Labour Party once again fail to defeat the Conservatives.

Conducted over five years, Hare's interviews are composed of informal conversations with a wide range of people -- from unhappy vicars and police officers forced to put down strikes staged by their childhood fris, to judges and MPs -- most of whom reveal a surprising awareness of and cynicism about the principles of their organizations. Priests admit to essentially being social workers with no time for questions of faith, wardens tell of inmates who boast of surviving certain prisons, and politicians and journalists reveal what really goes on in policy meetings. These interviews constitute astute social criticism in the words of the people and, taken together, provide an insightful portrait of Britain in the early nineties.

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David Hare

David Hare is the author of over a dozen plays, including Amy's View, The Judas Kiss, and Skylight. He lives in London.

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Asking Around
Background to the David Hare Trilogy
David Hare

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
April 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571170630
ISBN10: 0571170633
4 15/16 x 7 7/8 inches, 256 pages
$13.00
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