Ann Jellicoe

Standard Name: Jellicoe, Ann
Birth Name: Patricia Ann Jellicoe
AJ was one of the new, post-war generation of playwrights associated with the Royal Court , who helped to revitalise theatre in Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her early plays, whose plotlessness sometimes baffled initial audiences and critics, make innovative use of sound, image, and language. Focusing on youth culture, these plays blend comedy with absurdism. AJ 's later career was devoted to writing and managing large-scale community plays involving hundreds of people. She also wrote several plays for youth and for children.


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Intertextuality and Influence Constance Smedley
Though Liberals welcomed the pageant, it was widely condemned by the County or local landowners as socialistic.
Smedley, Constance, and Maxwell Armfield. Crusaders. Chatto & Windus.
203, 206
But the driver who took the Armfields home at the end of the last day said:...
Occupation Edith Craig
During the 1920s and 1930s, EC became increasingly involved in amateur dramatics, and became an expert and a spokesperson for amateur theatre.
Cockin, Katharine. Edith Craig (1869-1947): Dramatic Lives. Cassell.
162, 170, 175
Between 1924 and 1935, she acted as an adjudicator for...
Textual Features Anne Devlin
Written for a cast of three hundred, the production included an array of characters from a range of classes and ethnicities.
Schrank, Bernice, and William W. Demastes, editors. Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995. Greenwood Press.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
The concept and practice of community plays was initiated by Ann Jellicoe in...
Textual Production Maureen Duffy
In the five years after university she completed three stage plays and counted herself one of a group of playwrights connected with the Royal Court Theatre , which included John Arden , Edward Bond ,...
Textual Production Pam Gems
This play was the first by a woman to be staged by the RSC in Stratford. PG originally wrote it for the Royal Court Theatre at the request of playwright Ann Jellicoe , who was...
Textual Production Fay Weldon
FW joined distinguished writers such as Harold Pinter in contributing to the multi-act Mixed Doubles: an Entertainment on Marriage, which was published in 1970 by Methuen .
Halio, Jay L., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 14. Gale Research.
14: 752
Newman, Jenny. “’See Me as Sisyphus, But Having A Good Time’: The Fiction of Fay Weldon”. Contemporary British Women Writers: Texts and Strategies, edited by Robert E. Hosmer, Macmillan.
When, however, in the...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Michelene Wandor
The work deals with theatre and sexual politics since 1968, with an emphasis on alternative theatre groups such as the Women's Theatre Group , Gay Sweatshop , and Monstrous Regiment . The original version considers...


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Jellicoe, Ann. “Ann Jellicoe Talks to Sue Todd”. The Knack and The Sport of My Mad Mother, Faber and Faber, 1985, pp. 9-23.
Jellicoe, Ann. Community Plays. Methuen, 1987.
Jellicoe, Ann, and Roger Mayne. Devon. Faber, 1975.
Jellicoe, Ann. Shelley. Faber and Faber, 1966.
Jellicoe, Ann. Some Unconscious Influences in the Theatre. Cambridge University Press, 1967.
Jellicoe, Ann. The Giveaway. Faber and Faber, 1970.
Jellicoe, Ann. The Knack. Encore Publishing, 1962.
Jellicoe, Ann. “The Knack”. The Knack and The Sport of My Mad Mother, Faber and Faber, 1985, pp. 25-98.
Jellicoe, Ann. “The Rising Generation”. Playbill Two, edited by Alan Durband, Hutchinson, 1969.
Jellicoe, Ann, and London Observer. “The Sport of My Mad Mother”. The Observer Plays, Faber and Faber, 1958.
Jellicoe, Ann. “The Sport of My Mad Mother”. The Knack and The Sport of My Mad Mother, Faber and Faber, 1985, pp. 99-168.