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Edward Bond's Saved to make controversial stage return

10th May 2011

The controversial Edward Bond play Saved is to make a return to the London stage, almost 25 years after the last major performance.

It will be performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in October, under the artistic direction of Sean Holmes, who won an Olivier Award for his revival of Sarah Kane's Blasted earlier this year.

The production is a major coup for the theatre, as Bond, who has written over 50 plays, rarely allows Saved to be performed.

It sparked controversy when first presented at the Royal Court in 1965, with audiences aghast at a scene involving teenagers stoning a baby to death.

However, Holmes is confident the play will resonate more strongly with a 21st century audience.

'Saved changed the theatrical landscape. It is as relevant now as it was then, if not more so, because he's sensing something in society which is about violence and way[s] that people get dislocated from each other,' the director added.

Bond is one of the few modern playwrights to begin his plays with long, prose prefaces, examples of this being found in Restoration and The Children.

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