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A play by E. Bond, which caused much controversy when it was first seen (members only) at the Royal Court in 1965, having been refused a licence for public performance. In short, minimalist‐realist scenes, with dialogue of stark and stylized crudity, Bond evokes a bleak south London landscape of domestic and street violence and the somewhat caricatured impoverished pastimes of the working class. In the central episode a baby is tormented and stoned to death in its pram by a gang of youths and its putative father.— The subsequent lack of response to the child's death adds to the sense of dramatic shock.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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Edward Bond (b. 1934) English dramatist

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