Miss Littlewood and me: Performing Ethnography

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Abstract

Joan Littlewood (1914-2002) was a pioneer of theatre directing in the UK, most famous for her production of Oh What a Lovely War! (1963). This article performs an ethnographic study of Miss Littlewood, a 2018 musical by Sam Kenyon, that documents Littlewood’s life and work using the style of the earlier show. Miss Littlewood’s plot reveals details of Littlewood’s life and work, while its form mirrors the montage techniques that she pioneered in Britain. The article uses interviews and rehearsal observations to document aspects of the process by which Miss Littlewood was developed. It reflects on the tensions that are revealed between that relatively luxurious process and Littlewood’s political and financial realities. Ethnography was an ideal method for documenting this process because it facilitated observation of relationships between the various works and demonstrated the fluidity and creativity of academic writing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in Musical Theatre
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Miss Littlewood
  • Joan Littlewood
  • Ethnography
  • Musical Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Sam Kenyon
  • RSC

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Taylor, M. (Accepted/In press). Miss Littlewood and me: Performing Ethnography. Studies in Musical Theatre, 13(3).
Taylor, Millie. / Miss Littlewood and me : Performing Ethnography. In: Studies in Musical Theatre. 2020 ; Vol. 13, No. 3.
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Taylor, M 2020, 'Miss Littlewood and me: Performing Ethnography', Studies in Musical Theatre, vol. 13, no. 3.

Miss Littlewood and me : Performing Ethnography. / Taylor, Millie.

In: Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 13, No. 3, 29.01.2020.

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