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A: Charles Wood Pf: 1967, Bristol Pb: 1969 G: Drama in 3 acts S: North African desert, Second World War C: 12mDingo is a professional soldier fighting in the North African campaign alongside soldiers like Mogg, who has been called up. The screams of a soldier burning to death in his tank are heard, and thereafter his charred body is carried around like a dummy. A Navigating Officer loses his way. Rommel and a deserting British Officer have a gentlemanly chat: ‘Such reunions we shall have.’ A Comic, who has commented cynically on the war, becomes master of ceremonies at a concert held in the prison camp in which the second half of the play is set. While the concert, which includes a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, is in progress, officers, one of them dressed as a blonde chorus girl, attempt to escape. Finally, the camp is liberated, and Churchill (played by the Comic), whom we also see campaigning after the war, arrives to ‘urinate on the West Wall of Hitler's Germany’. Tanky, in his repeated ‘He killed me’, ends the play accusingly.

A: Charles Wood Pf: 1967, Bristol Pb: 1969 G: Drama in 3 acts S: North African desert, Second World War C: 12m

Dingo, based on Wood's own experiences in the army, is a powerful anti-war play, protesting against ‘All of it, from a small bit of it’. It contrasts the realities of war with sanitized images prepared for public consumption. Mixing realistic dialogue with violent images of warfare, it was written originally for the National Theatre but had to be withdrawn because of censorship problems.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).


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