Debt, the migrant and the refugee: Lampedusa on stage

Donald, Stephanie (2018) Debt, the migrant and the refugee: Lampedusa on stage. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23 (2). pp. 193-209. ISSN 1356-9783

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Abstract

This article discusses Anders Lustgarten’s play, Lampedusa. The play is ostensibly about refugees and the Mediterranean crossing, as well as addressing EU migration, debt, and austerity. The article develops the idea of the debtor in neo-liberal economics suggesting that the refugee is required to become a debtor on settlement. While Lustgarten’s representation of refugees and migrants is not fully realised in that they are not enabled agents in the script or in performance, the article concludes that although the play is thus flawed, its characters’ search for moral restitution creates a thoughtful insight into British society and grounds for hope.

Keywords:debt, debtor, refugee, hope, austerity, drama
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R990 European Languages, Literature and related subjects not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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ID Code:31948
Deposited On:02 Jul 2018 14:39

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