Serjeant Musgrave's Dance
An Un-Historical Parable
Four deserters bring the body of a dead soldier back to his home town, a northern mining community. The group's leader, Serjeant Musgrave, plans to hold the townsfolk at gunpoint, present them with the dead body and make them face the reality of war. First performed in 1959, Arden's play is now regarded as a modern classic. With commentary and notes by Glenda Leeming.
First World War Plays
From Night Watches by Allan Monkhouse, published in 1916, to Abigail Docherty's Sea and Land and Sky (2010), this collection of seven plays shows how the war has been represented through the 'traditions, forms and economies of the theatre' over the last century. The other works are Alice Dunbar-Nelson's Mine Eyes Have Seen (1918); Tunnel Trench (1924) by Hubert Griffith; Noël Coward's Post Mortem (1930); Oh What a Lovely War! (1963) by Theatre Workshop; and The Accrington Pals (1981) by Peter Whelan.