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.
|Title of host publication||Friends and Foes Volume I: Friendship and Conflict in Philosophy and the Arts|
|Editors||Graeme Watson, Barbara Gabriella Renzi, Elisabetta Viggiani, Máiréad Collins|
|Place of Publication||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2009|
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.