Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Closely Observed Characters on the Trains; THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Closely Observed Characters on the Trains; THEATRE

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

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IN BRIEF Encounter, the events that unfold in the tea room at Milford Junction tell us all we need to know about the self-denying England of 1945.

In Europe (1994), David Greig uses a station for similarly powerful metaphorical ends.

In a small town - "the sort of place people come from, not the place they go to" - somewhere on the border between Eastern and Western Europe, characters hang around the soon-to-be-closed station, caught in limbo between the old world order and the new.

Only the true adventurers, however, actually get on a train.

While Greig nods obliquely to the fall of the Berlin Wall and war in the Balkans, the real force of this spare but strikingly poetic piece derives from its very nonspecificity. Intriguingly, the playwright has said that another title for it could be "Scotland". It's about any Nowheresville in any country where all the good things happen elsewhere and all the bad things - the effects of oppressive centralisation, the resurgence of far-Right politics - trickle down eventually. …

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