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Caryl Churchill

Document Type

Book Chapter


Dramatic Literature

Publication Date


Course Date

Spring 2023

Course Number

HU 315

Course Title

Studies in Dramatic Literature and Theater Arts


The second act is set in London in 1979 - this is where I wanted the play to end up, in the changing sexuality of our own time. Betty is middle-aged, Edward and Victoria have grown up. A hundred years have passed, but for the characters only twenty-five years. There were two reasons for this. I felt the first act would be stronger set in Victorian times, at the height of colonialism, rather than in Africa during the 1950s. And when the company talked about their childhoods and the attitudes to sex and marriage that they had been given when they were young, everyone felt that they had received very conventional, almost Victorian expectations and that they had made great changes and discoveries in their lifetimes. Abstract from Routledge.


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