Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

by  John Arden

Full Length Play, Drama  /  13m, 2f

A realistic, but not a naturalistic setting in a "mining town in the north of England eighty years ago." The effort is of four soldiers to return their outrage for the unnecessary death of British soldiers. They come to the town, carrying one of its dead. Billy's in a coffin, and proceed to seek a r…

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Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

by  John Arden

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A realistic, but not a naturalistic setting in a "mining town in the north of England eighty years ago." The effort is of four soldiers to return their outrage for the unnecessary death of British soldiers. They come to the town, carrying one of its dead. Billy's in a coffin, and proceed to seek a retaliation for the sense of outrage and desertion of reason and logic that caused the death of Billy and other innocent people in crises of war. The statement is wholly contemporary, and of significance with regard to the growing sense of violence, and the need for retaliation that we all feel at some time or another in reality, and more importantly, seek out as a wish-fulfillment.
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John Arden

John Arden is the author of a variety of plays, including All Fall Down, which appeared in 1955, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Live Like Pigs, and The Non-Stop Connolly Show, co-authored and co-produced in 1975 with his wife Margaretta D'Arcy. Silence Among the Weapons, his first novel, was short-listed for the Booker Pri ...

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