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kitchen sink drama

Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey, The Kitchen

Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: Patrick Kavanagh Biography to Knocknarea Sligo

a term applied in the later 1950s to the often abrasive realistic plays, with working-class or lower-middle-class settings, that were then challenging the drawing-room dramas of Coward and Rattigan for critical approval—and finding it, notably in the reviews of Kenneth Tynan. Examples of the genre would include Osborne's Look Back in Anger, set in a cluttered bed-sitter; Delaney's A Taste of Honey, set in a ‘comfortless flat’ in Salford; and Wesker's The Kitchen, which actually occurs in the chaotic kitchen of a busy restaurant.

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