After the British EU referendum

When the theatre tries to do ‘something’ 1

Authored by: Marilena Zaroulia

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303485
eBook ISBN: 9780203731055
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My Country: A Work in Progress was developed by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain as an immediate response to the result of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union. Partly verbatim drama, My Country interweaved ‘testimonies of people of Britain’ and statements made by some of the key players of the referendum campaigns with the writing of poet Carol Ann Duffy in an attempt at making sense of the social, political, and cultural divisions that the Brexit vote exposed in an indelible manner. In the theatre’s website, the play was described as ‘debate’, but the work was met with lukewarm – and at times, negative – reception by audiences and critics; the consensus seemed to be that although the work was theatrically uninspired and politically insufficient, it did demonstrate a desire for the theatre to do something.

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