Smiling actors, kitchen sinks, EastEnders.
Nigel Wrench writes: "This is the cast of a new play that opens at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh this evening, one that provokes the question: is this the right time for a new wave of kitchen sink drama?
Grinning at rehearsals in Edinburgh, actors John Wark, Ryan Fletcher, Susan Vidler, Carmen Pieraccini and Gary Lewis (is it just me or does Mr Lewis look uncannily like John McCain?).
The play is Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us written by Paul Higgins, best known as an actor and specifically for his role as a press officer in the TV series The Thick of It. I spoke to him for PM this evening and to the director John Tiffany who had such a success with Black Watch, also produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. You might have a thought about something that Mr Tiffany said: 'People think of kitchen sink drama as EastEnders. The thing about EastEnders is all it's done is take kitchen sink drama to new levels of mediocrity'."