[Perspectives] Born to run?
Hot on the heels of Alan Bennett, David Hare is the second veteran British playwright of late whose new play plots itself around a hospital closure. Bennett’s Allelujah! is a state-of-the-nation drama, and his hospital is a microcosm of Britishness with failings painfully exposed. In Hare’s I’m Not Running, a hospital’s demise segues into an examination of the state of the Labour Party. Political drama is Hare’s thing; in 1993 The Absence of War considered Labour’s unsuccessful 1992 general election campaign.