“This House” is a pension playpen

Vincent FranklinThe serendipity of social media and  more exactly the generosity of www.quietroom.co.uk brought me two tickets to see “This House” on  Saturday night. The link is with the Quiet Room’s co-boss, Vincent Franklin who is one of the stars of this show.

My blogging buddy Paddy Briggs has written a review of the play which can’t be beat by me , here it is.

While most of us struggle to get an audience, “This House” struggles to keep the audience out, they are everywhere – on the stage above the stage (where we were) and outside the auditorium struggling to get a ticket for any of the shows over the next three months.

If you are over 50 , 1975-80 were deeply affecting. Britain hasn’t been the same since – for most of us down south – it’s been years of plenty but for those who haven’t shared the Thatcherite Kool-aid, 1979 was a watershed. It marked the end of the dream begun by Kier Hardy of a Britain run on socialist lines.

The play ends with Thatcher‘s voice calling for unity in the words of St Francis of Assisi, never have the words of a Saint been so abused.

In May 2010, the Liberals entered a second pact – this time a more formal coalition. Watching “This House”, I was drawing parallels for pension people. The introduction of SERPS in 1978 shaped the pension landscape for a generation and was achieved against the disorder of a political mess, will we say the same about auto-enrolment?

Indeed can we draw parallels between our current political climate and what we witness on the stage of the National as we watch the whips offices battle Britain to a stalemate.

“All changed, changed utterly – a terrible beauty is born”, wrote Mr Yeats , but the line most of us remember from the poem is “the best lack all conviction while the worst are filled with a passionate intensity”.

I see that if you can’t see the play live, you can watch a live screening at one of 250 cinemas around the country on 16th May. It might be worth your taking a couple of hours out of your diary (though the National could be clearer about the offer).

Vincent is a member of the Play Pen as is Mark Scantlebury who many will have met at lunches. If you haven’t met Paddy Briggs, get linked in to him and if you haven’t met me, get linked in to me and you’ll get an invite to our Pension Play Pen Group. Just put me down as a friend.

There’s a lot more to pension people than meets the eye!

About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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