Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Contemporary drama
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The Theatre of the Absurd
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The starting point of Absurd drama was Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, first performed in Paris in 1965. The dramatists of this group never formed a school, but they all felt cut off from ethnic, metaphysical and transcendental roots. Beckett's plays dramatise this sense of metaphysical conversion and rootlessness. However, instead of discussing the absurdity of the human condition, they put abstract situations on stage. Moreover, in the Theatre of the Absurd the characters' words are contradicted by their actions and sometimes reduced to incoherent monologues. The plays have no real story and seem the mere reflection of dreams and nightmares.
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Existentialism: themes
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Existentialists went against the rationalist traditions, because they saw no life in the world. They thought that the universe was benevolent. The free will that allows man to choose was experienced as a source of joy. In the Existentialists' view, the truth is revealed most clearly in moments of focused psychological anxiety. These themes were all present in the plays of the Theatre of the Absurd and in the works of the Lost Generation.
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The Theatre of the Absurd
Tick the name of the authors involved in the Theatre of the Absurd.
A: John Osborne.
B: Arthur Adamov.
C: John Bratby.
D: Eugène Ionesco.
E: Harold Pinter.
F: Arnold Wesker.
G: Tom Stoppard.
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The Theatre of Anger
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1. In ________ John Osborne's first play opened a new revolutionary phase in English drama.
2. It was called Look Back in ________.
3. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in ________.
4. It was written in a conventional form, with a ________ set and a linear plot.
5. Its ________ criticism of establishment values was expressed in an outspoken language.
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Look Back in Anger
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Jimmy Porter
A: is an anti-hero.
B: was the hero of his generation.
C: is a working-class rebel.
D: is superficial and illiterate.
E: is anxious to speak a refined language.
F: became the spokesman of a frustrated generation.
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The kitchen-sink drama
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A: This label mainly refers to Arnold Wesker's plays.
B: These kind of plays made use of the genuine working-class idiom.
C: They were often set in the country.
D: Their main features were realism and politic concern.
E: Their main theme was food.
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The socialist theatre
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1. Over the Sixties and the Seventies British plays were ________.
2. There were different trends with different ________, which nonetheless shared a sense of protest against society.
3. The irony of the situation was that the protest was funded by the ________ itself.
4. In 1968 theatre ________ was abolished, so playwrights were freer to question the traditional rules of sexual morality and the conventions of marriage.
5. The dramatists were even allowed to mock and abuse leading figures of the political, social and ________ world.
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The socialist theatre
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. From 1968 to ________, the socialist theatre became the most significant development in British theatre.
2. This theatre was inspired by the important events of 1968 in Vietnam, Ireland, France, Germany and Czechoslovakia, which made public life more ________.
3. All over the country, 'fringe' theatres appeared in ________, attics and pubs.
4. Many 'fringe' companies were formed, with outstanding playwrights like Edward ________ and Caryl Churchill, who described themselves as socialist.
5. At the end of the 1970s the 'fringe' declined, due to the shift to the right of political opinion in Britain and the failure of the social theatre to change the working-class ________.
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Irish theatre
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: In this period there has been only one significant Irish playwright.
B: Brian Friel was very successful at an international level.
C: Drama has regained its urgency in Ireland.
D: In Irish drama, the past has been reshaped.
E: Irish dramatists want to break free from British power.
F: Their style is characterised by improvisation.
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Existentialism: main features
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Existentialism is a ________ movement which developed particularly after WWII.
2. It influenced the literature, art and youth ________ of the 1960s.
3. It is associated with the ________ philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the German thinker Martin Heidegger.
4. One of the central figures of ________ Existentialism was Albert Camus.
5. Existentialism expressed the ________ of the time, that is, the feeling of uncertainty which followed the Holocaust.
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