A View From The Bridge by A Miller 
He puts such steady heat under A View from the Bridge, it feels ready to boil over at any moment. Even in the domestic opening scene where we get to know longshoreman Eddie Carbone, his blossoming niece Catherine and pragmatic wife Beatrice, the director conveys a terrifying sense of volatility. Miller is meddling with primal forces – incest, sexuality, impotence, honour, justice, coming of age – and Dove shows how close these destructive passions are to breaking through the sheen of everyday family life.

We see this especially in Stanley Townsend's Eddie, a heavy-eyed bear of a man, turning from cuddly to untamed with each line. With his low-slung belt emphasising a middle-aged paunch, Eddie is a well-liked working man, patriarchal but not tyrannical, who finds himself gripped by impulses he can neither articulate nor comprehend. The shrewd Beatrice can see he has displaced his lust for Catherine by turning on the girl's boyfriend, the illegal immigrant Rodolpho, but Eddie is a creature without self-reflection and has no such insight.

Much as we know it will end badly, Eddie has no control over his own destiny, and Townsend suggests it could still go either way. It's a compelling performance, even if he admits defeat a scene too early, making his demise seem less the fall of a mighty beast than a broken animal being put out of its misery.

In Eddie's tragedy, Miller was consciously drawing on an archetypal form. Equally vivid is his vision of an economic system in which work is the defining force. It is why the immigrants have left Italy, why Catherine yearns to leave school, and why Eddie, who was once forced to traipse from dock to dock in search of a job, genuinely desires better things for his niece. It is another reason the play is a masterpiece, and why Dove's production marks the completion of a masterly series.

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