Attempts on Her Life: A Postdramatic Learning Play?

  • Glenn D’Cruz


This chapter reads Martin Crimp’s play Attempts on Her Life (1997) as an exemplary instance of postdramatic writing by contextualising Crimp’s work by looking at its early critical reception and relationship to the era of ‘Cool Britannia’ and the so-called ‘In-Yer-Face’ movement. The chapter also interrogates the work’s gender politics by examining how it uses irony to deal with the (mis)representations of women within the so-called society of the spectacle. The final section of the chapter describes and analyses a range of pedagogical and political issues generated by a student production of the play I directed in 2003 with a focus on the way Rancière’s argument about educational equality can help us unpack the ethical dilemmas generated by teaching postdramatic theatre through practice.


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  • Glenn D’Cruz
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  1. 1.School of Communication & Creative ArtDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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