debbie tucker green, Hang

Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
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By consistently centralising black people’s heritages in her plays, debbie tucker green signals the historical legacies of race ideology stemming from the British Empire’s systems of enslavement and colonisation that continue to affect present-day culture.



adds to her group of jurisdictional dramas (

born bad

stoning mary


truth and reconciliation

). These plays feature a clearly marked adversarial dynamic between one catalyst character in relation to others, in the pursuit of truth and justice in the wake of heinous acts. They thematically address familial sexual abuse (

born bad

), limits upon prescriptions for AIDS sufferers, murder in self defence, child soldiers, execution by stoning (

stoning mary

), modern era contexts of genocide and civil war (

truth and reconciliation

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Citation: Osborne, Deirdre. "Hang". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 August 2017 [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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