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Man Friday

Robinson Crusoe retold by poet Adrian Mitchell from the native’s point of view, with Colin Blakely and Ram John Holder. An interesting idea from Mitchell, but hamstrung as a play by being inexorably tied to its central conceit. A much more lavish, and far worse, production of this was released in the cinema a few years later, starring Peter O’Toole and Richard Roundtree, with unnecessary additions such as a talking parrot and a comedy flying machine-building sequence.

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