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Establishment

Subject: Religion

In ecclesiastical usage, the recognition by the State of a particular Church as that of the State. In OT Judaism and in much of the ancient world, religious observance was part of the ...

Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange  

A: Joe Penhall Pf: 2000, London Pb: 2000 G: Drama in 3 acts S: Consulting room of London psychiatric hospital, 1999 C: 3mChristopher, an obstreperous black youth of 24, has been sectioned for 28 days ...
Fool

Fool  

A: Edward Bond Pf: 1975, London Pb: 1976 G: Drama in 8 scenes S: East Anglia and London, 1815–c.1845 C: 37m, 7fThe poet John Clare is one of the mummers performing their play at Christmas for Lord ...
Stripwell

Stripwell  

A: Howard Barker Pf: 1975, London Pb: 1977 G: Pol. com. in 2 acts S: Stripwell's home, various locations in London and the Home Counties, and the jungle, 1970s C: 5m, 3fWhen Graham Stripwell, a ...
Kitchen

Kitchen  

A: Arnold Wesker Pf: 1959, London Pb: 1959; rev. 1961 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Kitchen of a London restaurant, 1950s C: 18m, 12fThe action follows a day in the kitchen of the Tivoli, a busy London ...
Fire-Raiser

Fire-Raiser  

AT: Biedermann and the Firebugs A: Max Frisch Pf: 1958, Zurich Pb: 1958 Tr: 1962 G: Drama in 6 scenes, prelude, and epilogue; German prose S: Middle-class home in Central Europe, late 1940s, and hell ...
Ruling Class

Ruling Class  

A: Peter Barnes Pf: 1968, Nottingham Pb: 1969 G: Com. in 2 acts; with prologue and epilogue S: Gurney Manor and other locations, England, 1960s C: 17m, 5fWhen the 13th Earl of Gurney accidentally ...
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance  

A: John Arden Pf: 1959, London Pb: 1960 G: Pol. drama in 3 acts S: Northern English mining town, 1879 C: 13m, 2fSerjeant Musgrave arrives with three soldiers, Sparky, Attercliffe, and Hurst, in a ...
Weapons of Happiness

Weapons of Happiness  

A: Howard Brenton Pf: 1976, London Pb: 1976 G: Pol. drama in 2 acts S: Street, factory, waste-ground, Planetarium, and drain, London, and farm in Wales, 1976; interrogation room, Prague, 1951; ...
Love of a Good Man

Love of a Good Man  

A: Howard Barker Pf: 1978, Sheffield Pb: 1980 G: Drama in 3 acts S: Battlefield subsequently war cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium, 1920 C: 11m, 2fTwo years after the end of the First World War, ...
Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War  

A: Charles Chilton and Theatre Workshop under Joan Littlewood Pf: 1963, London Pb: 1965 G: Hist. drama in 2 acts; prose and songs S: Pierrot show portraying events in Europe, 1914–18 C: 11m, 4fThe ...
Another Country

Another Country  

A: Julian Mitchell Pf: 1981, London Pb: 1982 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Library, head of house's study, dormitory, and cricket field of English public school, early 1930s C: 10mSeventeen-year-old Guy ...
Toller

Toller  

A: Tankred Dorst Pf: 1968, Stuttgart Pb: 1968 Tr: No pub. trans. G: Hist. drama in 30 scenes; German prose S: Various locations in Munich, 1919, and USA, 1939 C: 28 actors, playing over 50 rolesIn ...
Ascent of F6, The

Ascent of F6, The (1937)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...assault; Gunn dies in a blizzard. Ransom reaches the summit, but dies there, in his fevered imagination seeing his brother as the Demon, with whom he plays chess. Ransom's heroic achievement is cheapened by patriotic clichés of the Establishment. This is a play of many themes and styles. It parodies the English Establishment, while celebrating the heroism of one of its agents; it urges revolt, while being cynical about the possibility of improving the world. It is an exciting adventure story and a philosophical meditation; it offers both prose parody and...

Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange (2000)   Quick reference

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...While the focus is principally on the question of colour (hence the title) and its relationship with a paranoia that may well be rooted in the real experiences of ethnic minorities, the play also subtly explores the changing personal relationships between the three men, the establishment of trust and its painful...

Fire Raisers, The

Fire Raisers, The (1958)   Quick reference

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...the area, Biedermann is inveigled into offering Schmitz shelter for the night. The Chorus of firemen report that all is quiet. The following day, Biedermann is alarmed to discover that his wife has taken in Schmitz's friend Willi Eisenring, who lost his job as waiter when his establishment burnt down. When Biedermann discovers his two unwanted guests rolling in barrels of petrol, he threatens to throw them out. He is interrupted by a policeman, informing him that an employee that he unfairly sacked has committed suicide. Telling the policeman that the barrels...

Fool, The

Fool, The (1975)   Quick reference

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...has been rendered inarticulate. Subtitled ‘Scenes of Bread and Love’, The Fool expresses Bond's affinity with Clare, a fellow poet from a working-class background. Set against contemporary political upheavals, Clare is shown being manipulated and finally silenced by the Establishment...

Another Country

Another Country (1981)   Quick reference

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...be Head of House. Offering a thinly disguised portrait of the homosexual double agent Guy Burgess, Mitchell , best known as a novelist, uses, in a more realistic and serious vein than Alan Bennett in Forty Years On , the English public school as a metaphor of the British Establishment. Guy Bennett, with his moral anarchy, and Judd, with his revolutionary aspirations, represent two ways of asserting: ‘there must be a better way to run...

Kitchen, The

Kitchen, The (1959)   Quick reference

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...pregnant waitress has to be taken to hospital. Provoked by a trivial quarrel with a waitress, Peter vents all his pent-up frustration, smashing crockery and slashing his hands. Mr Marango, who considers himself a good employer, wonders why his staff would want to sabotage his establishment. This play is remarkable in taking the realism of post-war British theatre towards almost total naturalism. Ideally to be played without an interval (although Wesker ‘recognizes the wish of theatre bars to make some money’), the author, who had himself worked as a pastry-cook,...

Love of a Good Man, The

Love of a Good Man, The (1978)   Quick reference

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...Mrs Toynbee holds a séance, the mentally disturbed War Graves Commissioner Bride shoots himself, and the Prince of Wales declares his love for Mrs Toynbee. The cemetery completed, everyone returns to England – or Ireland. The grotesque humour of this powerful satire of the Establishment is reminiscent of Bond's Early Morning . It shows how the ‘love of a good man’ for his country can be exploited in the defence of Empire that led to the slaughter of millions in the First World War and will continue the killing in Ireland. Hacker sums it up memorably: ‘You...

Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War (1963)   Quick reference

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...piece, Joan Littlewood with her left-wing Theatre Workshop members created one of the most powerful commentaries on the First World War. By juxtaposing popular song with the horrors of war, the empty optimism of the leaders with mass slaughter, and the profits made by the Establishment with the realities of trench warfare, the piece does not offer a balanced view (no mention of the colossal contribution by capitalist USA, for example) but provides satirical entertainment of the highest order. An extract from Richard Attenborough’s 1969 film version can be...

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