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Pantomime - Full Length Play, Comedy

Pantomime

Derek Walcott

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m

ISBN: MS00000000347

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

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Full Length Play

Comedy

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A fast-paced comedy set in Tobago. In the hope of entertaining future guests, an English hotel owner proposes that he and his black handyman work up a satire on the Robinson Crusoe story.

The playwright was a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

"A brilliantly extended set of variations on the master-and-servant relationship." - The Times, London

"Gentle wit, immaculately placed irony." - New Statesman

The play was produced by BBC Radio and London's Keskidee Theatre in 1979.
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Tatiana Szpur 4/23/2013 7:47 AM
Pantomime is set at a run-down guesthouse in Tobago, West Indies. The focal point of the play is the relationship between the British hotel owner Harry Trewe and the Trinidadian waiter at the hotel, Jackson Phillip. Former repertory actor Trewe, in an effort to attract tourists to his guesthouse, devises a plan to perform a satirical pantomime that reverses the roles of Robinson Crusoe and Friday; he casts the unwilling Phillip as Crusoe. What follows is a series of skits exploring the effects of this role reversal. Pantomime is a powerful work that explores and subsequently deconstructs Caribbean identity as fabricated by the white European colonizer. By having the characters perform particular identities, Walcott emphasizes how Caribbean identity is a mere construction of the colonizer. His play challenges Western audiences to reconsider their perceptions of the "self" and "Other" and notions of identity.

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