‘the price of living’ by anna potgieter

For my interpretation of this character, I sought to reflect the exaggerated comedy in the text but also scratch further under the surface to ground him in the real world. This man’s number one focus is himself and his business, yet this has created an intense sense of self-loathing. For me, it is the combination of selfishness and self-loathing that leads to the true tragic comedy of this piece. However, his constant frustration on this topic strikes very true in our current social climate: the even burden of austerity and government policies such as zero hour contracts and the flawed benefits system leave men like Gordon to slip through the cracks. This is a very interesting piece as the character allows the audience to chuckle at his problems, despite the conscious fact that he is not alone.

  – Dan Sinclair

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