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Made in Wales- Perspective , , April 1, 2000
Set in 1933, Perspective links the commercialisation of art to a general lack of moral values and links it to a fascistic system. Friedrich returns home after the Great War and gets caught up in politics. His patron is on the make, supporting the left-wing until the Nazis get into power and then switching allegiances: 'credibility is fine, you can sell that - but integrity... what's the point of having something no-one else knows about.'

His voice, like that of the equally unscrupulous Lynch, provides the most cutting commentary on the art of the bourgeousie : 'they're so comfortable with their own sense of power they can afford to play games with it.'

Cabaret has become a cipher for the rise of fascism in the decadent nineteen thirties, so it is no surprise to see the formalised opening of the play start with Brechtian verse, nor to see the characters occasionally breaking into song.

Cliches within cliches: the left-wing artist, the idealist cripple, the corrupt businessman, the cabaret artistes - none of them could last in the world of artifice expressed in the highly mannered set with the conventionalised cafe interior.

The two halves of the show complemented each other beautifully, drawing parallels between the politics of then and now, forcing the audience to contemplate those ideologies that lead to a crushing of genuinely innovative art whether for the market or for some elite.

Stylistically bold and solidly acted, it's ironic that Made in Wales should produce their most innovative work with their backs to the wall and in the process of closing down.

Reviewed by: Jeni Williams

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