Monstrous Regiment: the gendered politics of collaboration, writing and authorship in the UK in the 1970s

  • 2016
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • 978-1137550132

‘Monstrous Regiment: the gendered politics of collaboration, writing and authorship in the UK in the 1970s’. In: Syssoyeva, Kathryn Mederos and Scott Proudfit, eds. Women, Collective Creation and Devised Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

 

Founded in 1975, Monstrous Regiment was a significant company within the canon of twentieth-century British theatre not only because it was one of the first and most high-profile all-female theatre companies, but also because of the way in which the company framed writers and writing in a collaborative context. In this chapter I explore concepts of writing and authorship in the company’s work, focusing particularly on the ways in which collaboration, the writer’s role and notions of authorship evolved throughout the processes of making Scum (1976) and Vinegar Tom (1976). I will demonstrate how this shift became symbolic of the change that ultimately occurred between the 1970s, when Monstrous Regiment utilised processes that were more influenced by devising, and the 1980s and 90s when they produced more singly-authored, commissioned work.