Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night.

Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing.

See Earache’s magnificent Jade Yourell & Prasanna Puwanarajah in ‘Absolute Hell’ until 16th June.