In Neilson’s gleefully escalating farce, soft-hearted and soft-headed police constables Blunt and Gobbel have one last duty to fulfil before they finish their Christmas Eve shift: to tell the old couple at number 58 some terrible news. Neither of them wants to do it. What if the shock is too much for such elderly parents? Maybe they’d be happier not knowing. Maybe it’s for the best if the policemen don’t clear up the rather large misunderstanding caused by their evasions. And maybe they would also be better off if they weren’t in the middle of a lynching, organised by an anti-paedophile vigilante group.
Neilson’s brilliantly disastrous cross-purpose conversations keep the grisly miscommunications spinning in a hilarious nightmarish farce of moral panic. The Lying Kind premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2002.