Riot Act has unearthed the rarely produced Ibsen comedy, The League of Youth, for its third professional production in the UK since its 1870 publication.
This blisteringly relevant and razor sharp dark comedy is presented in a new adaptation by Ashley Pearson and directed by Whit Hertford, the team behind this year’s fringe sell-out Coverage, a newsroom adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Ibsen’s political comedy has long been praised for its sparkling wit and cynical humour. But The League of Youth is uncanny in the mirror it holds up to present-day Britain, where every promise leads to compromise in the rush to snatch a share of the power.
Sten Stensgard is the new guy in the ofﬁce, but he won’t let that deﬁne him. Determined to move up in the world, Sten will do anything to get ahead— blackmail, lie, cheat, and even fall in love.
Amid a controversial ofﬁce election, ideologies clash in a play about the intersection of personality and politics.
The League of Youth runs at Theatre N16, Balham, from August 9-18.