Sharon Pollock Criticism: The Komagata Maru Incident - Essay

Criticism: The Komagata Maru Incident

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Nunn, Robert C. “Performing Fact: Canadian Documentary Theatre.” Canadian Literature, no. 103 (winter 1984): 51-62.

[In the following excerpt, Nunn examines the documentary genre in Canadian theater and illustrates the importance of audience inclusion in Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident.]

Documentary theatre is a creation of our century: its history begins with Erwin Piscator's production of In Spite of Everything in 1925.1 Many reasons have been advanced for its development: it is a response to a deeply-felt need to penetrate to the truth hidden in the massive accumulation of facts;2 it is an adaptation of the rhythm and...

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