Pushing the boundaries of British theatre: Edward Bond and Sarah Kane

Bale, Jamie (2009) Pushing the boundaries of British theatre: Edward Bond and Sarah Kane. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    A dissertation paper that explores two prolific British writers: Edward Bond and Sarah Kane. This essay asks what they did, if anything, to push the boundaries of British Theatre. The plays discussed within the essay are Saved, Bingo and The Fool by Bond and Blasted, Cleansed and Crave by Kane. The essay will briefly mention other controversial writers and plays such as Howard Brenton’s The Romans in Britain and Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and Fucking. In order to be able to answer the question in full, the idea of censorship and the Lord Chamberlain’s Office will also be explored. This will ask why censorship came into being in the first place and what the government of the time hoped to achieve by employing it. Questions raised within the essay include how the style of the writer’s theatre affects the audience and also why it was these two particular writers that caused such outrage or controversy at the time of writing. The essay will also ask whether the violent content of the plays meant that the playwrights were overlooked, by critics, as being shocking for the sake of it rather than the violence being a device within the play in order to prove a point.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/771

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