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Theatre Review 1973, Eric Johns

Richard Hampton’s “Savages” at the Royal Court Theatre, rather than a play, was an exposure of the plight of Brazil, showing how the so-called Indians or original inhabitants of the country have been exploited by a tyrannous military regime – one which executes criminals, often following ghastly torture, to save the nation the cost of  keeping them in prison.

Paul Scofield headed the cast as a British diplomat, with TomConti as his captor. The play was a result of Mr Hampton’s visit to Brazil, where he discovered sixty percent of industries are in foreign hands and the hourly wage rate in industry amounts to thirteen pence, almost the lowest in Latin America.

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