The Saliva Milkshake

March 15 – 17, 1985
Performance Art

About the Program

Martin is a young scientist who comes home one evening to find an old acquaintance has broken into his apartment. Joan then proceeds to tell him she has just come from assassinating the Home Secretary of Britain and needs his help in escaping the country. So begins The Saliva Milkshake by Howard Brenton and before it is finished Martin must question his faith in England, his life and his political beliefs. The play offers no solutions but presents all sides of the problem. From Joan's hardline political commitment to direct action and Special Branch man Rafferty's equally hardline defence of the status quo, we and Martin find ourselves embroiled in a political fight that goes beyond the our accepted belief in justice and due process.


Glenn Alteen


Costumes: Stephen Anthony
Director: Glenn Alteen
Lighting Design: Darrell Keeler and Doug Ford
Poster and Programme: Daav MacNab
Set Mural: Hillary Wood and Kempton Dexter
Sound: John Vanden Berg
Stage Manager: Maureen Peacock
Cast: Martin: John Brazier; Joan: Janice Dunbar; Johnny: Michael Pearce; Rafferty: Don Thompson


1985.0315 SAL


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