‘The Play’s the Thing’: The Metatheatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker
Timberlake Wertenbaker is one of the most exciting playwrights to have emerged in Britain in the past decade. Her most notable work is self-reflexive, interrogating the nature and function of theatre in individual and communal life; through devices such as doubling and mirroring, her plays engage in a dialectical relationship with their audiences about the experiences they are undergoing as they watch. This essay will explore the myriad ways in which Wertenbaker initiates and sustains this relationship in two of her plays, Our Country’s Good and The Love of the Nightingale, both first staged in 1988.
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