Churchill and Drama

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Brief intro to Caryl Churchill and elements of both Brechtian and Postmodern drama

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Churchill and Drama

  1. 1. Caryl Churchill And Postmodern Theatre
  2. 2. Caryl Churchill <ul><li>b. Sept 3, 1938 </li></ul><ul><li>BA (English) Oxford 1960 </li></ul><ul><li>Married 1961, 3 sons. </li></ul><ul><li>First success Owners, 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Monstrous Regiment began 1976 with VT </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Nine 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>Top Girls 1982 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Brechtian Theatre <ul><li>Non-linear </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking of dramatic “frame” </li></ul><ul><li>Use of multi-media, songs, dance </li></ul><ul><li>Episodic, kaleidoscopic </li></ul><ul><li>Audiences “have their eyes on the course rather than on the finish” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Postmodernism <ul><li>Deconstruction of “grand narrative” </li></ul><ul><li>Pastiche </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of linearity </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmentation </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection of notions of “high” and “low” art </li></ul><ul><li>Audience participation and actor improvisation </li></ul><ul><li>Self-consciousness; “meta” </li></ul>

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