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  • 1. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne (1929-1994) John Osborne
  • 2. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 1. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne Only Connect ... New Directions The 1950s: the upheaval of traditional values Post-war drama The theatre of Anger J. Osborne’s Look Back in Anger
  • 3.
    • This decade was characterised by :
    • The destruction of the certainties and basic assumptions of the Victorian Age , swept away by two World Wars.
    • The decline of religious belief .
    • The mistrust in rationalism as a means to explain reality.
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 2. The 1950s Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 4.
    • This decade was characterised by :
    • The disillusionment with socialist ideals , brought about by totalitarianism .
    • The materialism and consumerism of contemporary society.
    • The cultural and moral independence of the young from their elders.
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne Only Connect ... New Directions 2. The 1950s
  • 5.
    • Modern drama  inadequate to express the social revolution and changing values of Britain in the 1950s.
    • The attempt to overcome apathy  caused a real revolution in British drama.
    • There were two main trends in the 1950s drama:
    • The theatre of the «Absurd»  expressed metaphysical anguish , rootlessness , the lack of purpose and inaction .
    • The theatre of «Anger»  criticised establishment values .
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 3. Post-war drama Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 6.
    • use of a realistic setting
    • logical, easy-to-follow plot
    • outspoken language
    • presence of a thoughtful working-class hero , like the rebel Jimmy Porter
    • open criticism of establishment values
    Main features: The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 4. The theatre of Anger Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 7.
    • Main works:
    • Look Back in Anger (1956)
    • The Entertainer (1957)
    • Luther (1961)
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 5. John Osborne (1929-1994) Only Connect ... New Directions John Osborne
  • 8.
    • Main works:
    • Inadmissible Evidence (1964)
    • West of Suez (1971)
    • Déjà Vu (1992 , with the same characters of Look Back in Anger )
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 5. John Osborne (1929-1994) Only Connect ... New Directions John Osborne
  • 9.
    • Structure : three-act conventional play, with a circular plot.
    • Setting : a squalid attic flat in the Midland.
    • Time : the play opens on a tedious Sunday afternoon.
    Kenneth Branagh as Jimmy Porter and Emma Thompson as Alison in Look Back in Ang er, a 1989 film directed by Judi Dench The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 6. Look back in Anger Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 10.
    • Characters : Jimmy Porter , an angry young man with a college education and a dead-end job ; his wife Alison , an upper-middle class woman; Cliff , Jimmy’s business partner, a working-class uneducated man.
    The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 6. Look back in Anger Kenneth Branagh as Jimmy Porter and Emma Thompson as Alison in Look Back in Ang er, a 1989 film directed by Judi Dench Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 11.
    • Jimmy expresses anger and contempt towards:
    • the past
    • his wife ’s not being angry and her lack of interest
    • the whole establishment
    • everyone and everything
    Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Ang er, a 1958 film directed by Tony Richardson The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 7. Look back in Anger : Jimmy Porter Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 12. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne
    • He is an anti-hero  he only speaks but never acts.
    • He has established a love-hate relationship with his wife  he wants to possess her but at the same time he tries to destroy their relationship.
    Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Ang er, a 1958 film directed by Tony Richardson Only Connect ... New Directions 7. Look back in Anger : Jimmy Porter
  • 13.
    • The leitmotivs of the play:
    • the discontent and social alienation of certain sections of British society in the 1950s
    • the pain of being alive
    • the study of existential failure
    Look Back in Ang er, a 2009 Northern Stage performance The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 8. Look back in Anger : themes and language Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 14. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 8. Look back in Anger : themes and language
    • The language is:
    • revolutionary , crude and violent
    • spontaneous and vital
    • full of colloquialisms and slang expressions
    Look Back in Ang er, a 2009 Northern Stage performance Only Connect ... New Directions
  • 15. The Theatre of Anger and John Osborne 9. Beckett vs. Osborne Only Connect ... New Directions Beckett Osborne Plot Obscure, non consequential True-to-life, consequential Setting Symbolic, bare Realistic, related to working class Theme Meaninglessness of human experience Social critic against middle-class values Stage Directions Repetitive, frequent Detailed, informative, clear Language Everyday, meaningless Everyday, simple, clear

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