David Hare: Plenty

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In Plenty (1978), David Hare uses a strong-minded and unorthodox female protagonist, Susan Traherne, to explore what he sees as key aspects of Britain in the years 1943-62 – in particular, the disappointment of the hopes for transformative social and political change which had arisen around the end of World War Two. Susan is not only a troubled and driven individual character, but also seems intended to symbolize more widespread impulses, desires and aspirations which, in Hare's view, failed to find fulfilment in a postwar world in which peace and material plenty cohabited uneasily with existential and political poverty. Plenty, first staged at London's National Theatre, with Kate Nelligan as Susan, enjoyed …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Plenty". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2007
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