The extreme right and the limits of liberal tolerance in David Greig’s The Events and Chris Thorpe’s Confirmation

Hudson, James (2017) The extreme right and the limits of liberal tolerance in David Greig’s The Events and Chris Thorpe’s Confirmation. Comparative Drama, 51 (3). pp. 306-337. ISSN 0010-4078

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This article examines David Greig’s The Events (2013) and Chris Thorpe’s quasi-verbatim Confirmation (2014), two plays conspicuous for engaging critically and analytically with aspects of extremism motivated by far-right politics. It performs a comparative analysis of both plays and enquires into how each negotiate and interrogate the ideology of the contemporary ethno-nationalist far-right. It offers an interpretation of the plays as urgently topical cultural artefacts that distil the most salient elements of a still inchoate twenty first-century fascism, each engaging with the specific characteristics of extremist racism and anti-liberalism that act as its primary motors in the present political conjuncture in Europe. Furthermore, it also makes the case that the plays can be interpreted in conjunction as offering clear critiques into the way that the contemporary liberal left construes and uses tolerance as a political category, and whether this is an adequate response to twenty-first century fascism.

Keywords:Confirmation, The Events, Chris Thorpe, David Greig, Fascism, Racism, nativism, Neo-nazism, Liberalism, liberal, tolerance, Breivik
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:27775
Deposited On:29 Jun 2017 08:34

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