In a harsh, relentless ride through history, Playwright Howard Barker's No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming explores the role of the artist in society and the struggle for freedom of expression. Starting with a harrowing depiction of war with an attempted rape and a near execution in the Carpathian Mountains during WWI, the protagonist is the brilliant Hungarian political cartoonist Bela Veracek (loosely based on German
cartoonist Victor Weisz). Running from Hungary at the end of the First World War to the newly emergent Soviet Union and then to a pre-WWII Britain, he's constantly at odds with the governments he lampoons and the newspapers that
admire his talent but expect conformity and absolute submission. No End of Blame is a scathing commentary about the censorship of art.
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