Tom Stoppard: Jumpers

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  • Doris Mader (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz )

On its 1972 première, Jumpers – with its generic polyphony and impressive theatricality – may have given us the most opulent of all of Stoppard’s coups de théâtre. The play opens with a bizarre scenario, featuring the mock-striptease of a female character swinging in and out of sight on a huge chandelier; another intoning various songs that become drowned out by the droning of aeroplanes overhead; and a group of eight acrobats who complete this truly theatrical opening tableau with their “jumping, tumbling, somersaulting” (18) at a London Mayfair Residence: The Radical Liberals have taken over the state and are euphorically celebrating their landslide victory. This initial physical scenario …

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Mader, Doris. "Jumpers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2008
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