The Shadows and the Rush of Light: Ewan MacColl and Expressionist Drama
It has generally been assumed that the Expressionist movement had little noticeable impact on British theatre. This paper suggests that in the plays of Ewan MacColl (and in particular his 'The Other Animals' of 1948) there is a discernible challenge to this assumption. In order to advocate a specific political position, MacColl took the conventions of Expressionism and developed a highly engaged, artistically innovative theatrical aesthetic that could tackle socio-political inequalities and the suppression of the dissident voice. Through linguistic experiment, episodic structure, representational characters, and a focus on the individual mind, the playwright challenges the audience to confront class injustice and hegemonic tyranny.
Citation : Warden, C. (2007) The Shadows and the Rush of Light: Ewan MacColl and Expressionist Drama. New Theatre Quarterly, 23 (4) pp. 317-325
Research Group : Performance Research Group
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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