National identities and theatre: alternatives to a National Theatre in Belgium

Machin-McGarry, A. (2016) National identities and theatre: alternatives to a National Theatre in Belgium. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is an exploration of national identity and how the work of theatre companies can be affected by it. It aims to establish what alternatives there are to a traditional National Theatre in countries where such an institution might not be feasible. The country of Belgium is used as a case study. It begins with a brief look at the country's historical context, from the theatre audience riot that helped it gain independence from The Netherlands, to present-day political struggles caused by the Dutch-French language divide. Reasons for the disbandment of the previously formed National Theatre Belgium are considered before moving into the present day.
    he latter part of the dissertation contains two case studies of theatres that are based in Brussels, and a slightly more in-depth exploration of how language affects their work and outlook. The work and mission of the theatres is explored in relation to cosmopolitan theory and whether or not they can be considered an 'alternative' to a National Theatre.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 14:10
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 14:10

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