John Arden Writing Styles in Sergeant Musgrave's Dance

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Setting

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance is a realistic drama set in the north of England in 1880. Much of the action takes place in a public house (pub) in a small mining town torn apart because of a miner's strike.

There are also a few outdoor settings, such as the churchyard and the town's marketplace.

The settings add to the realism of the play. Both the pub and the marketplace are places where different kinds of people come together, from town officials to common colliers. The other settings emphasize the cold harshness of life in the northern town.

Audience Participation

In the climactic scene of Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, the audience becomes part of the drama. In the marketplace, a small crowd gathers to hear the speeches. Yet because there is no crowd of townspeople beyond the handful of characters, everything is addressed to the audience. It is as if Arden is...

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