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Are The 'Psycho' London Years Back?

Christopher Fowler
AMERICAN PSYCHO Remember the eighties? If you do, you'll either recall a halcyon era awash with 'Loadsa Money', glass winebars and bad hair or a morally bankrupt time of tastelessness, selfishness and appalling greed. And for London, those times are clearly back again. Although this time around, there are a couple of new twists. It's no longer about selling off the family silver in the form of privatising public utilities, liberating the stock market and getting rid of the exchange rate mechanism. This time it's about allowing the purchase of passports, selling 'Englishness' to corrupt wealthy investors, demolishing the middle-band incomes and savings, and turning the city from a functioning metropolis into a portfolio of dead property. While councils agree to open food banks across the land and opportunities for the young dry up faster than at any time since 1880, the rich have turned London into a separate state. And when the rich want to spend, the government falls to its knees for them. Well, that approach seems to be working. I have a small local theatre. The last time I went there, to see Graham Greene's 'Brighton Rock', I was one of about twenty people in the audience. Their latest production, 'American Psycho' seems to have hit an ironically appropriate note for the times. It sold out a YEAR ago, and that was before the star casting. Many of the tickets went to third-party online touts. In the West End this is quite the norm now. Paradoxically, one of the biggest price-fixers is actually owned by the theatre chain it buys from, and there's no legislation to prevent this from happening. It was ever thus. The old whore of London is once again lifting its skirts. Brett Easton Ellis's original book has been filleted of savagery and prepared as a new role model. Although, in its theatrical incarnation at least, it may not survive the horror of its
weak reviews. In reality, this time the good times are going to be for the rich only. At least in the 80's the idea was that everyone should get a snout in the trough, thanks to share sell-offs. Prepare for 2014; Will it mean the Return of the Psycho?

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Ken Murray (not verified) Wed, 18/12/2013 - 05:58

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The comparison of the 80's verses now is a valid one. Only, it looks like a writer has been drafted in to add a nasty dark twist to the script for the remake. Today: the 80's re-imagined for the now generation...