Little monsters: gothic children and contemporary theatrical performance

Jones, Kelly (2018) Little monsters: gothic children and contemporary theatrical performance. In: Contemporary gothic drama: attraction, consummation and consumption on the modern British stage. Palgrave Gothic . Palgrave, pp. 99-123. ISBN 9781349953585

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The Gothic, in literature, in film, and on the stage, seems to possess a particular fascination with children. This chapter, in the first instance, introduces an exploration of the representations of children in the post-war British theatre, as both objects and agents of horror, from Kane’s Blasted to McPherson’s The Weir. Secondly, the chapter will examine the emerging appeal of plays such as Jack Thorne’s adaptation of John Lindqviste’s Let the Right One In, and Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales which use the tropes, aesthetics and properties of the Gothic as fertile ground for making theatre for young audiences.

Keywords:Gothic, Theatre, Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences, Jack Thorne, Let the Right One In, Children's theatre, Representations of children
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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ID Code:29307
Deposited On:07 Nov 2017 09:49

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