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EMPIRE IN HISTORY
RELIGION
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Culture

A: Toogi! Toogie! (Greetings) Toong mee cha kulkah du Boonta magi! tah oos azalus ooval Poddraces. (We have perfect weather today for the Boonta classic. The most hazardous of all Podraces.) B: That's absolutly right. And a big turnout here, from all corners of the Outer Rim territories. I see the contestants are making their way out onto the starting grid. - Fode/Beed SW III

ESB ASSIGNMENT 11.7.06

Class reading has focused on culture reflecting imperial themes – in London 1900 incorporating near total support of the British Empire and its importance to all Britons.  We can also look at theatre and staging of plays for their “commentary” on imperial themes.  Below is a list of plays performed in London and/or New York since 2003.  (There are more links to Guardian reviews because of search engine ease.  Should you wish to examine others, please feel free to search!)

For class on Tuesday, November 7th, choose 5 play reviews from the following list and read the linked review (for those with two reviews, read one.)  Write a short paragraph for each indicating the imperial themes that occur or how the director has staged the play to focus on imperial themes

Henry V – William Shakespeare 

Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare

Richard II – William Shakespeare

Black Watch - Gregory Burke

Stuff Happens – David Hare

Iphigenia at Aulis – Euripides

The Persians – Aeschylus

Dcmocracy - Michael Frayn

Pacific Overtures – Stephen Sondheim

The Madness of George Dubya 

Guantanamo
Guantanamo

Justifying War – Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry

King Cromwell – Oliver Ford Davies

Wicked based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

The Producers – Mel Brooks

God of Hell – Sam Sheppard

The UN Inspector – David Farr

My Name is Rachel Corey

How many miles to Basra?