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The Activities of Popular Dramatists and Drama Groups in Scotland, 1900-1952

Studies in Theatre Arts v. 9

By (author) Linda Mackenney
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1999
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773479058
ISBN-13: 9780773479050
Barcode No: 9780773479050
Synopsis
This discussion provides primary research on the activities of popular dramatists and drama groups in Scotland who played an important role in the late blossoming of a Scottish national drama. The text covers Joe Corrie's Fife Miner Players, Glasgow Unity Theatre and Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. These companies produced a wide range of original works on contemporary issues (the General Strike of 1926, unemployment in the hungry 30s, Glasgow's post-war housing shortage) as well as religious, racial and gender issues. They adopted a variety of styles, from agit-prop to social realism, and made creative use of popular forms of entertainment, from the Burns Supper to the village concert. The book provides a comparison with the work of other international popular drama movements.

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