Synopsis

Political Theatre during the Spanish Civil War

Political Theatre during the Spanish Civil War $69.99

Jim McCarthy

Published by University of Wales

Jim McCarthy's ground-breaking study rediscovers the forgotten political theatre of the Spanish Civil War

Teatro de urgencia is an aspect of Spanish cultural history that virtually disappeared with the defeat of the Republic

In the charged atmosphere that followed the end of the Civil War, many texts were destroyed and others were locked in archives which were inaccessible during the dictatorship.

This inaccessibility and a basic misunderstanding of the nature of the plays has led to undeserved critical neglect. In these plays, the ambiguity and implication of more `traditional' Spanish theatre were displaced by a factual starkness intended to appeal directly to the spectator and to nurture the ideal Republican combatant and citizen

Presented by mobile troupes, they were performed in a range of locations: streets, village squares, hospitals, barracks, factories, and sometimes at the battlefront

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