Stephen Poliakoff: Blinded by the Sun

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  • Kimball King (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Stephen Poliakoff’s Blinded by the Sun was first presented on the Cottesloe stage in the National Theatre in 1996. The play won the Artists Circle Theatre Award for “best new play” that year. Reviewing Blinded by the Sun, The Daily Telegraph called Poliakoff “one of our sharpest and least predictable writers”. Although some commentators claimed that the play was ultimately confusing and unsatisfying (e.g. Matt Wolf, Variety, Sept. 22, 1996), reviews of the play were generally favourable.

The play examines the issue of scientific fraud and is perhaps the most scientific of the trilogy that Poliakoff began in 1984 with Breaking the Silence, based in part on the experience of his …
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King, Kimball. "Blinded by the Sun". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 October 2012
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