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What is feminism?

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Feminist Drama 1970's 1980's What is feminism? Feminism simply means paying attention to women. Men as well as women can be feminist. So how does this apply to drama? Most plays post1970 were about heroes villains etc. women such as Caryl Churchill and Pam Gems started to change this by writing plays about women and about the social aspects of being a women. This means that women were trying to change theatre to involve the social and everyday aspects of being a woman. Also controversial assets and serious assets of being a women were involved in these plays such as women being equal to men etc. Male playwrights have mostly dominated the last century and the star role-played by males. However towards the end of the 60's women started to slowly do their own playwrights and perform their own plays. ...read more.

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In the early 1970's she collaborated with theatre groups such as the monstrous regiment and also joint stock. Both these groups were utilising an extending workshop period in their development of new plays. These groups were a big impact on Caryl Churchill and helped her development as a playwright. While with these groups she wrote a number of good plays such as Light shining on Buckinghamshire (1976) and Vinegar Tom (1976). As a result of her experience and imagination for new plays in this genre she was awarded three OBE's and continues to be a well-known playwright. Pam Gems: Pam Gems was also a woman who started to change the "limitations" of the stage. She was born in England and brought up four children before she turned to play wrighting. ...read more.

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Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi: This play written by Pam Gems in 1977 is about four women ( Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi) who have split up with their men or husbands and are trying to pull their lives back together in a London flat. It is a comedy drama. Some scenes are described as hilarious and others affecting. The four women try to comfort and help each other throughout the play and trying to find the sense of purpose and individuality that can so easily elude women in contemporary society. Again this play is a good example of how women in this genre were trying to show how a women's social life could be involved in plays. As you can see during 1970-1990 feminist drama grew and and is now accepted and women playwrights are as good as any others. Also feminist drama opened up many new aspects of the theatre and now there are many plays that involve feminist ideas and performances. ...read more.

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