After documentary theatre: exceptionality in National Theatre Wales ' The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

Greer, S. (2015) After documentary theatre: exceptionality in National Theatre Wales ' The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. In: Campbell, A. and Farrier, S. (eds.) Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer. Series: Contemporary Performance InterActions. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 116-130. ISBN 9781137411853

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Raised in the US, educated as a teenager in Wales and now imprisoned as an adult in the country of her birth, the life of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has become a site of global, political contention. What can performed interventions for and about a life made exceptional tell us about the relationship between local and global resistances? The first part of this discussion briefly considers the Bradley Manning Support Network’s (BMSN) online campaign I Am Bradley Manning as a collaborative project intended to activate a public in support of Manning’s actions and, simultaneously, to mobilise Manning in service of broader, international activist interventions including issues of freedom of speech, governmental transparency and gay rights. The second part turns from an explicitly activist model to examine the dramaturgy of National Theatre Wales’ (NTW) production of Tim Price’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (TRBM), focusing on the play’s juxtaposition of imagined scenes from Manning’s childhood with historic incidents of popular Welsh radicalism. Through both, I consider the interventionist politics described by the rendering of Manning as a space of identification and a place of public resistance: a singular subject whose individual, local circumstances make possible a queerly plural collective action.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Documentary theatre, activism, queer, bradley manning, chelsea manning, national theatre wales,
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Greer, Dr Stephen
Authors: Greer, S.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
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