(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe John Russell Taylor - Essay

John Russell Taylor

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The Sport of My Mad Mother] was a complete commercial disaster; from the critics it received slightly more approval than from playgoers, but on the whole not very much. Even so, one or two critics recognized that Ann Jellicoe was trying, not yet with complete success admittedly, to do something quite new in the English theatre: to make her play primarily something which happened in front of its audience and made its effect as a totality, rather than a piece of neatly carpentered literary craftsmanship which would 'read well' and work only by way of its dialogue's appeal to the mind.

The script of The Sport of My Mad Mother, in fact, makes very little sense just read cold: it is simply...

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