Theatrical Evolution Through The Great War
Keywords:World War I, theatre, George Bernard Shaw, nationalism, escapism. JEL Classification Codes, F510, F520, Z110, Z180
AbstractTheatre has always been an avenue for social change and cultural development. In times of extreme human strife and hardship, the theatre can become a reflection for its populace. During World War I, the governments of Europe tried to utilize the theatre as a nationalist tool. As morale for the war began to break, the population of theatre-goers enforced a new policy on their art. This examination looks at why that cultural intersection took place in a country deeply impacted by The Great War with a specific look at Great Britain during the 1910s.
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