The true cost of ‘black gold’
MAYER WAKEFIELD recommends a sharply nuanced drama on generations subjugated by oil exploitation
NO WONDER it took Ella Hickson over six years to write Oil.
Her exploration of Britain’s relationship with the black gold is so wide in scope that, in just under three hours, Hickson guides her audience from Cornwall in 1889 to a bleak, mid-21st-century dystopian Britain via Persia, Libya and beyond.
Hickson suspends conventional time restraints to allow the bloody-minded May Singer (Anne-Marie Duff) and her daughter — or perhaps second self — Amy (Yolanda... read more
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