Overview

Described by Edward Bond as 'almost irresponsibly optimistic', Saved is a play set in London in the sixties and reflects a time of social change. Its subject is the cultural poverty and frustration of a generation of young people on the dole and living on council estates. The play was first staged privately in November 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre for members of the English Stage Society at a time when plays were still censored. With its scenes of violence, including the stoning of a baby in its pram, Saved ...

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Overview

Described by Edward Bond as 'almost irresponsibly optimistic', Saved is a play set in London in the sixties and reflects a time of social change. Its subject is the cultural poverty and frustration of a generation of young people on the dole and living on council estates. The play was first staged privately in November 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre for members of the English Stage Society at a time when plays were still censored. With its scenes of violence, including the stoning of a baby in its pram, Saved became a notorious play and a cause célèbre. It has since had a profound influence on a whole new generation of writers who emerged in the 1990s.


Commentary and notes by David Davis.

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"Bond's grimly powerful indignation is a reminder that a society that maintains an underclass tolerates a measure of barbarity."—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472515469
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Series: Student Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 460 KB

Meet the Author

Edward Bond is widely regarded as the UK's greatest and most influentlial playwright. His plays include The Pope's Wedding (Royal Court Theatre, 1962), Saved (Royal Court, 1965), Early Morning (Royal Court, 1968), Lear (Royal Court, 1971), The Sea (Royal Court, 1973), The Fool (Royal Court, 1975), The Woman (National Theatre, 1978), Restoration (Royal Court, 1981) and The War Plays (RSC at the Barbican Pit, 1985).

David Davis is Professor of Drama in Education at the University of Central England. He was Director of the International Centre for Studies in Drama in Education and also Pathway Leader for both the MA Drama in Education and the Certificate and Diploma in Drama in Education courses at this University. Previous to this he was for many years Course Director of the initial qualification PGCE Drama in Education course, which prepared drama specialists for secondary schools. He taught Drama in secondary schools for 15 years. He has presented workshops in many parts of the world and published widely. He now works part-time exclusively with his PhD students in Drama in Education and continues with research.

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