A Streetcar Named Desire

By Megan Thomas

In fact, what are your thoughts on reading plays? Obviously, first prize is always watching it being performed, but I also really love reading plays. Especially playwrights like Tennessee Williams, whose plays have been performed so often that stripping it back to its original form is really exciting and raw. 

Streetcar was first performed in the 1940’s and you’ll still be able to find local performances of it – isn’t it exciting to think about how many variations and interpretations there have been from one text?

This is the story of Blanche DuBois, her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley, and dramatises Blanche’s experiences. One loss too many results in Blanche leaving her privileged life as a southern belle in exchange for a life in a New Orleans apartment with Stella and Stanley. But they have their own problems, which pivot around Stanley’s horrific violence, and Blanche’s arrival is a catalyst to emotional uproar which climax devastatingly.

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