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Staging International Communism: British And Australian Radical Theatre Connections, Lisa Milner, Cathy Brigden Dec 2017

Staging International Communism: British And Australian Radical Theatre Connections, Lisa Milner, Cathy Brigden

Dr Lisa Milner

Encouraged by Communist parties and left-wing trade unions, radical, or working-class, theatre groups of the twentieth century were crucial in the development of a long-lasting left-wing cultural activist impulse in a number of nations. The branches of the Unity Theatre in UK and the New Theatre in Australia had a highly conscious democratic and explicit working class orientation, and presented various combinations of mainstream and radical dra-matic genres and plays. Drawing on oral histories and archival research, this chapter explores the politics of popular culture by focusing on the degrees of mobility of ideas, dramatic texts and people and politics ...


"A Comely Presentation And The Habit To Admiration Reverend": Ecclesiastical Apparel On The Early Modern English Stage, Robert Lublin Dec 2007

"A Comely Presentation And The Habit To Admiration Reverend": Ecclesiastical Apparel On The Early Modern English Stage, Robert Lublin

Robert Lublin

Notions of the sacred and the profane took on a particular significance in late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth-century England. This period, chronologically circumscribed on one side by the Protestant Reformation and on the other by the Civil War, was a time of enormous religious change. These changes found articulation in the theatre of the period. Plays such as Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Middleton’s A Game at Chess make significant use of historically specific understandings of Protestantism and Catholicism. Scholars have noted the religious aspects of these plays before, but what has garnered less critical attention is ...


“An Vnder Black Dubblett Signifying A Spanish Hart”: Costumes And Politics In Middleton’S A Game At Chess, Robert Lublin Dec 2006

“An Vnder Black Dubblett Signifying A Spanish Hart”: Costumes And Politics In Middleton’S A Game At Chess, Robert Lublin

Robert Lublin

The political significance of Middleton’s A Game at Chess has drawn scholarly attention in the past, but one promising area of study has gone largely unconsidered: the play’s visual presentation. How did the actors appear when they first performed the play and how was that visual information received by early modern London audiences? This essay seeks to establish what costumes were worn by the King’s Men for their production of Middelton’s play and, more importantly, how they were received by their contemporary audience. Through such a study, we learn that Middleton employed costumes as skillfully as ...