Rocks! (Are Hard To Care For)

Heasman, Michael Kenneth (2010). Rocks! (Are Hard To Care For). University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


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Rocks! (Are Hard To Care For) is a character-driven comedy drama about people abruptly shaken out of their taken-for-granted routines and forced to consider what and who it is they really care about in their lives. It is a play about the existential clash between permanence and impermanence, people literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. The two Act play finds Mark, in his 40s, at the epicenter when his safe, predictable life routine is shattered as his relationship with his wife Molly collapses and his boss Derek sacks him. He appears to find redemption in a new relationship with Susan who is constructing a Rock Peace Garden, a ‘mini-Grand Canyon’, as a monument to her late husband. All four characters confront their personal inertia and isolation to ‘get a grip’ on their lives. A consistent challenge in the playwriting process has been structure and genre. The focus of the essay preceding the play, therefore, is a reflection on and critical analysis of issues connected to this aspect of playwriting. The essay analyses the play within the broader context of comedy drama and investigates dramaturgical, genre, and structural issues through considering characterization, stylized elements, and the rewriting of different drafts.

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


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