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Staging Contemporary Identities: National Theatre of Scotland’s Glasgow Girls through the prism of Multimodal Discourse Analysis

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Paula Maria Sledzinska

Aberdeen University
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In 2016 the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) celebrated its tenth anniversary. Since its inaugural performances of Home the company has contributed substantially to the shaping of Scotland’s cultural landscape. Through its structure of a collaborative, touring theatre without walls, the NTS has challenged traditional perceptions of national theatres as elitist monuments of national culture. Nevertheless, although much has been written and said about the political and cultural factors underlying its establishment (Agnew 2000; Hamilton and Scullion 2003); Leach 2007; Reid 2007), messages conveyed in the company’s repertoire have received less scholarly attention. This paper explores the NTS’s discursive treatment of contemporary ‘Scottish’ identities – their character and relevance – in the broader context of the national and transnational imagining. Using methodology grounded in multimodal discourse analysis, it investigates meanings conveyed in the NTS musical, Glasgow Girls (2012), arguing that the popular piece is more than an ‘unashamedly’ positive expression of ‘political populism’ (Reid 2016 :158-159).

How to Cite: Sledzinska, P.M., 2017. Staging Contemporary Identities: National Theatre of Scotland’s Glasgow Girls through the prism of Multimodal Discourse Analysis. International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, 10, pp.69–91.
Published on 07 Dec 2017.
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