Serjeant Musgrave's Dance and the politics of possibility in two television adaptations

Wyver, J. 2014. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance and the politics of possibility in two television adaptations. Critical Studies in Television. 9 (3), pp. 89-99.

TitleSerjeant Musgrave's Dance and the politics of possibility in two television adaptations
AuthorsWyver, J.
Abstract

John Arden’s stage play Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance was adapted for British television in a Granada Television production in 1961 and four years later in a three-part BBC Schools version. Although received at its stage premiere in 1959 with puzzlement the play has since been acknowledged as a key work of modern political drama in Britain with its bold use of anti-naturalistic techniques including heightened prose and the integration of ballads. This article explores the politics of the play and considers the ways in which these were retained or removed by the two processes of adaptation for television.

Keywordsadaptation, John Arden, political drama, television, theatre play
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Journal citation9 (3), pp. 89-99
ISSN1749-6020
Year2014
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript140829_revised_CST_SerjeantMusgrave.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.7227/CST.9.3.9
Web address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.7227/CST.9.3.9
Publication dates
Published01 Sep 2014

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