As with music and art, the theatre has its controversial figures that quietly go about their business without fanfare and minus the glitz of the red carpet. However, Edward Bond, an English playwright who has been active for nigh-on six decades, really has eluded fame's fickle spotlight, partly due to the explicit nature of his plays.
One of his most accomplished works, "Saved", is all the more poignant and relevant today, some 25 years after its creation - a story about South London youths who turn to extreme violence as a by-product of economic and social suppression. Sound familiar? He stuck with social themes until the 80s when he wrote "The War Plays", a work that touches on the threat of nuclear war.
Now, to bring us all up to date, the Cock Tavern in Kilburn presents a thrilling half-dozen Edward Bond plays, including an exclusive work that will represent the 2010-era. The remaining five productions are represented by a play written by Bond during each previous decade and the season lasts from 14th September until 13th November.
Starting with the 60s and from 19th Sep to 2nd Oct, you can see The Pope's Wedding, a drama set in the Essex countryside during the post-war years and oncoming urban takeover of rural idylls. The 70s are represented by The Fool, a rare piece of Bond concerning the life of the 19th-century poet John Clare - this runs 10th - 23rd Oct, while the 80s sees one of his 'War Plays', Red, Black and Ignorant being played out, a brutal tale of man's demise.
Along with the 90s' Olly's Prison (a tense drama concerning a father's fury at his daughter's lack of response and his coming to terms with his actions) and the 2000s The Under Room (woman finds a stranger living in her basement during a militaristic and futuristic age), Bond will contribute an exclusive and radical new work to conclude this season (26th Oct - 13th Nov), directed by the Cock Tavern's artistic head, Adam Spreadbury-Maher. The title will be revealed in due course.
Tickets are available now (you can see the full line up and dates below), costing around £5 - £12, with a season pass available for all of the shows, costing £58 or £48 for concessions (check the "Season Pass" button, below for availability).