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Translating austerity: Theatrical responses to the financial crisis

Translating austerity: Theatrical responses to the financial crisis

O'Thomas, Mark ORCID: 0000-0001-9264-8813 (2016) Translating austerity: Theatrical responses to the financial crisis. Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 129-148. ISBN 978-1137484024 (doi:

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The imposition of austerity measures on economies struggling to achieve financial growth has underscored the contemporary social and economic landscape of our times. In this chapter, it is the theatricalization of austerity that forms O’Thomas’s analysis of twenty-first-century drama. After providing an overview of plays that were conceived as direct attempts to explain and interrogate the financial crisis, the chapter investigates the work of both Theatre Uncut and the Royal Court Theatre’s season of new work originating from Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain (known collectively as PIIGS). Through the presentation of austerity on the stage, O’Thomas highlights the critical role that theatre translation plays in interrogating notions of both community and nationalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: translation; cultural politics; austerity impact; arts funding; europe; royal court
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 14:03

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