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Rutherford and Son - Full Length Play, Drama

Rutherford and Son

Githa Sowerby

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780413689504

Rutherford and Son
by Githa Sowerby

Written in 1912 during the upsurge of the British femin'st movement, this powerful play deals with the oppressive patriarchal system of the industrial North at that time. Rutherford is the hard tyrannical master of both his glassworks and his family …

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

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Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - A living-room

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Written in 1912 during the upsurge of the British femin'st movement, this powerful play deals with the oppressive patriarchal system of the industrial North at that time. Rutherford is the hard tyrannical master of both his glassworks and his family who attacks, degrades and rejects each of his children in turn. To his daughter Janet, her ban'shment is a release, and she forcefully condemns her father and his values.
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4m, 4f

M4 (20s, 40s, 60)
F4 (26, 36, middle age, 60)
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Patricia H Riley 3/15/2016 12:58 PM
"Rutherford & Son" was a smash hit in London's West End in 1912, a remarkable achievement for its female playwright in an era where women were widely considered incapable of creative work.  In it, Githa Sowerby, a descendant of a wealthy industrialist family but herself a Socialist and a believer in the values of the Arts and Crafts Movement, illustrates in this play the effects on a family of its history of worshiping profit and upward social mobility above family.  The glass-works dominates the lives of every member of the Rutherford family, and how each member feels about that also determines how they relate to one another and the outside world.  It is at the same time a gripping family drama and a clever and subtle political play.

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