edited by Stuart Laing
The eponymous Flint is a seventy-year-old swinging vicar and romantic Communist, the centre of Mercer’s play about the obsolescence of institutions. The atheistic Flint rides a motor bike, goes bowling, sets fires, and makes love in the vestry in order to avoid his paralysed wife, to the continuing despair of his curate.
The play is a mixture of farce, monologue and moments of violent destruction, undercut by the vicar’s profound awareness of mortality. Through Flint’s hedonistic revolt against convention, and caricatures of figures of the establishment, Mercer explores the collision between the exuberant personal explorations of the Sixties and the inherited power of established institutions.
Flint premiered in 1970 at the Criterion Theatre, London.