Includes the plays Incarcerator, Five Visions of the Faithful, Silence and Violence, The Last Days of Desire, The Biggleswades.
With an Introduction by David Pownall, and an essay by Peter Craze
A volume of language-rich, theatrically-ambitious tragedies. Betts’ hugely popular verse drama Incarcerator (White Bear and BAC) was a Time Out Critics' Choice, while his Five Visions of the Faithful (White Bear), is a series of uncompromising narratives exploring freedom, faith, death and desire. In Silence and Violence the wife of a war hero seduces a much-reviled sculptor as Betts examines the artist’s quest for self-expression in a Philistine state. Betts’ first radio play, The Last Days of Desire, was commissioned by the BBC.