Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Jellicoe, Ann
Birth Name: Patricia Ann Jellicoe
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.
Between 1924 and 1935, she acted as an adjudicator for...
Written for a cast of three hundred, the production included an array of characters from a range of classes and ethnicities.
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The concept and practice of community plays was initiated by Ann Jellicoe
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
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When, however, in the...
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
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...