Labour Studies Index

The Worker and the War Machine

Document type Thesis
Author Smith, Autumn Danielle MacKenzie
Degree Master of Fine Arts, Theatre
Publisher York University; Toronto
Date 2015-03-04
Pages 96


This paper aims to discover the theatrical relationship between the working class and the factory of war. In that, it strives to prove that the lower income labourer is the cog of the machine: a nameless entity with an inescapable destiny. Through the paper and the subsequent production of Oh, What A Lovely War! I intend to give a voice to the worker and will struggle with my own blue collar identity, just as Joan Littlewood did in years past. This production and paper therefore is one of self-discovery and acceptance. In addition, it aims to prove that without the heroic efforts of the laboring class, there would be no war, as the cowardice of capitalism would fall without its soldiers.