“And You Dinnay Want tay Join the Army?” Friendship, Conflict and Kinship in Gregory Burke’s Black Watch

McCormick, Sheila (2009) “And You Dinnay Want tay Join the Army?” Friendship, Conflict and Kinship in Gregory Burke’s Black Watch. In: Watson, Graeme, Renzi, Barbara Gabriella, Viggiani, Elisabetta and Collins, Máiréad (eds). Friends and Foes Volume I: Friendship and Conflict in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 67-76. ISBN 9781443803328

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Abstract

This chapter examines the performance of kinship and friendship in the Black Watch regiment and its representation on stage in Burke’s play of the same name. Through a critical examination of performance and performativity, the chapter explores the complexity of human relationships in times of conflict. At the time of publication conversations abounded on the efficacy and morality of the presence of British troops on foreign soil. Similarly, much debate surrounds the treatment of returning troops and their position in British society. This article critically examines these issues while also questioning the mythology and performativity that encourages the recruitment of young men and women into the army. The chapter engages with the subjects it addresses using theoretical frameworks from theatre and performance studies. It does so while tackling contemporary issues highlighted by contemporary performance.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 16:05
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4744

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