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Northern delights | All the world’s a stage

Dodgy representations of legal services in a new play makes Kevin Poulter wonder what the outside world thinks of lawyers

9 September 2013

It may have been ten years since I completed my training contract and last worked in a high street firm, but as I took my seat at the Donmar Warehouse theatre recently, all too many memories came rushing back.

As soon as I entered, the vast set stood proud in familiar shades of magnolia and teak veneer. Carpet tiles covered the stage floor and fluorescent lights suppressed the ambition of the cast from above. I could only assume there was no natural light in this imagined office space and that the only air circulation came from a temperamental desk fan and seldom used entrance door off the main street. The attention to detail was exquisite, even down to the current year wall planner (sponsored, of course, by another popular weekly legal journal).

The play was 'The Same Deep Water As Me' and the first act takes place in the single office of a struggling personal injury firm in Luton. The firm has only two lawyers, but a willingness to succeed in...

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