IT is more than half a century since John Osborne’s revolutionary kitchen sink drama arrived on stage at London’s Royal Court and blasted the world of theatre into a new era.

Yet this 55th anniversary production of Look Back In Anger by Creative Cow theatre company still delivers a powerful social message. It is perhaps surprising that Osborne’s embattled couple, Jimmy and Alison Porter, trapped in a stifling 1950s marriage and torn apart by class conflict, should make any sense at all to a contemporary audience. Society has after all undergone a seismic shift in the intervening decades.

But people still feel oppressed and trapped by circumstance and director Amanda Knott has managed to portray the bleak world of post-war Britain in a way that chimes with those experiencing different difficulties today.

Piers Whener and Katherine Senior deliver superb performances as the passionate, angry and infuriating Jimmy and the brutally put-upon Alison.

There are good performances too from Jonathan Parish as their easygoing housemate Cliff and Lizzy Dive as Alison’s friend Helena who threatens to completely destabilize what is left of their tattered relationship.

The set, strewn with drying clothes and tired furniture, evokes 1950s austerity to perfection. But the real star remains Osborne’s searing text.

Look Back In Anger plays lighthouse at Poole until Saturday June 18.