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Playing For TimeStories of Lost Children, Ghosts and the Endangered Present in Contemporary Theatre$
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Geraldine Cousin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061974

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.001.0001

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Daughters’ tales

Daughters’ tales

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Playing For Time

Geraldine Cousin

Manchester University Press

In this chapter, the daughters are Lyra Belacqua, Philip Pullman's child-protagonist in the His Dark Materials trilogy, and Strindberg's protagonist, Indra's Daughter (also called Agnes), in A Dream Play. A dramatisation of His Dark Materials was running at the Olivier Theatre when Katie Mitchell's adaptation of A Dream Play opened at the Cottesloe Theatre on 15 February 2005. Katie Mitchell marginalised the Daughter, who is at the centre of Strindberg's play. This chapter attempts to relocate her—to find a ‘lost child’—partly through a discussion of the play, and various productions of it. In addition, this chapter refers to Strindberg's related letters and diary entries, and also to his paintings that were on display at the Tate Modern in an exhibition that ran concurrently with the Cottesloe production.

Keywords:   Katie Mitchell, Lyra Belacqua, Philip Pullman, Indra's Daughter, A Dream Play, His Dark Materials

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