By Victoria Sams

Immigration and modern British Theater: discovering a house at the Stage analyzes how modern British theater has spoke back to post-war immigration to the uk via its depictions of domestic and household lifestyles. Bridging literary research, theater heritage, and migration reports, the ebook examines the ways in which immigration to the uk has reshaped British theatrical tradition and encouraged new conceptions of Britishness and of communal belonging. in addition, it examines how immigrant theater artists from commonly various backgrounds (geographical, academic, cultural) have labored inside and round present theatrical associations in Britain.

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One of the first signals that the play walks a line between crude stereotypes and a parody of 18 CHAPTER TWO crude stereotypes is Bean’s play title, which mimics the speech of an immigrant with limited English language skills. While Bean mocks the speech, perspectives, and cultural stereotypes of a chain of immigrants to Britain from 1500 to the present, Robert Winder sarcastically echoes anti-immigrant rhetoric by titling his history of immigration to Britain during the same period Bloody Foreigners.

Theater calls attention to this performativity of national history and identity by self-consciously establishing its boundaries, its center and margin (or wings), its spaces as settings, and its time as duration. This happens both on and off the stage: a theater’s location often conveys both geographical and social significances. Sometimes the social significance trumps the geographical, such as when one finds the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Stratford-upon-Avon theaters in the West End listings, and the Bridewell Theatre (located in the center of London) in the Fringe listings.

Many sources argue that Elizabeth I’s 1596 proclamation calling for the expulsion of all ‘blackamoors’ from England is one indication of an early African presence in England at this time. 42 Most estimates put the total number of immigrants to Britain from 1815 to 1945 at close to two million, with the overall population starting at under twenty million and rising to close to fifty million by the later date. 45 Antiimmigrant sentiment went beyond the verbal with attacks on Italian and German businesses and persons and with the wartime internment of Germans from the beginning to the middle of the twentieth century.

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