Brexit on Stage: Two Verbatim Projects in Progress

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Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak


The article deals with two post-Referendum projects launched by British national organizations, the National Theatre and the Guardian with Headlong, whose task was to reflect more accurately on a broader range of current British experience. The projects were written in response to questions on whether national artistic institutions, the subsidized “complex culture,” have not been out of touch with the rest of the country, notably the post-Referendum crisis. Both projects set out to research the crisis with documentary and quasi-documentary methods, to involve in an exercise in “listening” and to focus on polarisation, voter fatigue and lack of trust. The article concentrates on the two projects as variants of political theatre and on the ways they use the verbatim method in their attempts to diagnose and understand the crisis arguing, further on, that the effects differ, leading either to populism or to empathetic understanding and reconciliation.


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Kębłowska-Ławniczak, E. (2021). Brexit on Stage: Two Verbatim Projects in Progress. Porównania, 30(3), 77-92.
Author Biography

Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak, Uniwersytet Wrocławski

Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak is Professor of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland. Her research interests include the exploration of intersections between visuality and literature; life writing and adaptation in paratext. She is the author of the Visual Seen and Unseen: Insights into Tom Stoppard’s Art (2004), From Concept-City to City Experience (2013), “Adaptations of Visual Material: Paintings, Drawings and Maps” (2009), “The Exhibited in the Order of Exhibition: Adaptations for the Stage” (2010). Her recent publications include “The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories: Towards a Collection of Creative Paratextual Writing or Literature in potenta” (English Studies in Africa 2020), “Liminal hypotext-hypertext relations in selected Shakespearean prequels, sequels and gap-fillers” (Journal of Adaptation in film and Performance 2021) and “Adaptation in Poland: A paradigm shift” (Journal of Adaptation in film and Performance 2021).


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