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Poor Bitos (1964)
The Theatre Royal / Bristol, England
Producer: The Bristol Old Vic Company
Playwright: Jean Anouilh
Cast: Dudley Jones, Michael Wells, Anna Carteret, Barbara Stainton
Character: Brassac (who plays Tallien)
Directed by Christopher Denys
A group of young aristocrats arrange a wig party in an old priory with the object of humiliating Bitos, an ex-schoolfellow from a working-class family, who is now a Deputy Public Prosecutor.
Anouilh draws a strong parallel between these people, living in the social and political insecurity of post-war France, and the members of the notorious Committee of Public Safety in the France of the Revolution.
The play aroused a storm of controversy in Paris.