“And You Dinnay Want tay Join the Army?” Friendship, Conflict and Kinship in Gregory Burke’s Black Watch

Sheila McCormick

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Abstract

This chapter examines the performance of kinship and friendship in the Black Watch regiment and its representation on stage in Burke’s play of the same name. Through a critical examination of performance and performativity, the chapter explores the complexity of human relationships in times of conflict. At the time of publication conversations abounded on the efficacy and morality of the presence of British troops on foreign soil. Similarly, much debate surrounds the treatment of returning troops and their position in British society. This article critically examines these issues while also questioning the mythology and performativity that encourages the recruitment of young men and women into the army. The chapter engages with the subjects it addresses using theoretical frameworks from theatre and performance studies. It does so while tackling contemporary issues highlighted by contemporary performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFriends and Foes Volume I: Friendship and Conflict in Philosophy and the Arts
EditorsGraeme Watson, Barbara Gabriella Renzi, Elisabetta Viggiani, Máiréad Collins
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages67-76
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781443803328
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009

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    McCormick, S. (2009). “And You Dinnay Want tay Join the Army?” Friendship, Conflict and Kinship in Gregory Burke’s Black Watch. In G. Watson, B. G. Renzi, E. Viggiani, & M. Collins (Eds.), Friends and Foes Volume I: Friendship and Conflict in Philosophy and the Arts (Vol. 1, pp. 67-76). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.