A critical essay and original play entitled ‘the canary and the piano’

Maley, Claire Frances (2011). A critical essay and original play entitled ‘the canary and the piano’. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


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This thesis contains two parts. Part A is a critical analysis of an original work. Part A explores the process employed in writing, beginning with the initial ideas and inspiration for the play through developing the characters, a theme, plotting a story and redrafting. Part A is segmented into the writing process of each of the five drafts. Part B is the original work of the play entitled The Canary and the Piano. The play is set in a new flat on the redevelopment of a former Victorian asylum in Menston, West Yorkshire. The play follows the character of Ruth, a seventeen year old, sent to do community service on a memorial garden for the hospital’s patients as a consequence for breaking into the derelict asylum. While working on the garden Ruth stays with Maud, a retired psychiatric nurse. Ruth’s visit forces Maud to face the guilt and regret with which she is plagued as her past returns to haunt her.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1123


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