Wild, Megan Clare Farrell (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The House of Dante’s Dream is a full length stage play that takes place in both 1992 and 2011, following a double time structure and dealing with the incomplete nature of human memory. The entire play takes place within the confines of the boathouse in Tilly’s garden.
In 1992, the play follows the relationship of Tilly, a bored teenager, and Pan, an equally bored circus brat. Throughout the play, they engage in a series of increasingly bold and dangerous dares, which culminate in the accidental killing of a child.
The 2011 story deals with Tilly and Pan’s daughter, Rosetti, who was abandoned as a baby and arrives at the boathouse in search of her past. Instead, she finds Edward, stuck inside his own head, and the memories of a past that he does not understand.
In the accompanying essay, “A Space of Time and Memory.” I discuss the structural elements of time and space and draw connections between these elements and the predominant theme of memory. I conclude that in The House of Dante’s Dream the theme of memory is made meaningful to the audience through a combination of temporal structure and spatial structure.
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