The Dramaturgy of Reactionary Politics on the Recent UK Stage

Hudson, James (2019) The Dramaturgy of Reactionary Politics on the Recent UK Stage. In: International Federation for Theatre Research 2019 Conference, 8th - 13th July 2019, Shanghai Theatre Academy.

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The conception that the UK is a divided nation has proved a great attraction to theatre-makers on the political centre, where it feeds into dominant media narratives about the increased polarisation between the political left and right. This has led to a number of theatrical interventions that have categorised significant social problems such a racism as failures of communication, where it is hoped that an improved quality of dialogue will allow greater understanding and heal rifts. This paper looks at the liabilities of centrist 'tone-policing' when dealing with the reactionary right in two significant examples of recent UK drama: Chris Hannan's 'What Shadows' and Chris Bush's 'The Assassination of Katie Hopkins'.

Keywords:Chris Hannan, What Shadows, Chris Bush, The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Centrism, far-right, Katie Hopkins, Enoch Powell
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:36506
Deposited On:23 Jul 2019 08:36

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