Burrows, Russell (2010)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
'The Monument' is a play about community and remembrance. An elderly Harry Mutlow recounts the events in his Herefordshire village in the months after the First World War, together with the Villagers' attempts to come to terms with the ramifications of that war on their everyday lives. An attempt to build a memorial to men killed in action leads to division over a man shot for cowardice. The return of William Mutlow, a soldier and Harry's father, prompts a division that leads Harry and his mother to deface the newly built monument. In my analysis I have explored the original concept of the play, including the source material and events it was based on, the genre and its role in the audience's understanding of the work, the creation of drama through individual characters embodying conflicting roles or functions, the use of language in creating a sense of period and location, and the role research played in developing a historical play.
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