This book introduces the reader to the work of the neglected Welsh dramatist J.O. Francis, a major figure in the amateur dramatic circles in Wales in the early 20th century. The book argues that Francis's work displays a particular ethical response to Wales, which aims for a realistic depiction of the nation without subscribing to widely available stereotypes. Francis's work has been foundational for drama-writing in the 20th and the 21st century and is here for the first time analysed in its context of Welsh amateur drama.
Dr Alyce von Rothkirch is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Adult Continuing Education at Swansea University.
Introduction J. O. Francis and a Welsh Ethics of Place J. O. Francis's Life Cultural Background, Themes and Ideas J. O. Francis and the Land Ethic Chapter 1: A Son of Wales Enters the Stage Chapter 2: J. O. Francis and Amateur Theatre in Wales, 1920-1940 The Ethics of Amateur Theatre Amateur Drama in Wales Amateur Competitions Chapter 3: Place, Politics and the Possibilities of Realism Change (1912) Cross-Currents (19220 The Beaten Track (1924) Howell of Gwent (1932) The Devouring Fire (1953?) Chapter 4: Poachers in Little Villages The One-Act Play "of Welsh life" The Poacher (1912) The Dark Little People (1922) Tares in the Wheat (1942) and The Sheep and the Goats (1951?) The Bakehouse (1912) and The Sewing Guild (1943) Little Village (1928) Chapter 5: A Pilgrim to St David's First Journey: London - Newport - Cardiff - Rhondda Second Journey: London - Brecon - Llanidloes - Aberdovey - Aberystwyth Third Journey: Into the Heart of the Nation Afterword