On the 13th October I watched a production of ‘How to Win Against History’ by Seiriol Davies, at the Derby Theatre. The musical about the 5th Marquess of Anglesey who risked being a cross-dresser in a world where it was socially unacceptable is not only a ridiculous comedy, but also a performance that offered my group a diverse range of frameworks to choose from for our analysis. I was particularly interested in framing, as the performance offered a multitude of layers that I wanted to explore on a deeper level.
For this essay, I will criticize and reflect on the sources I used to develop my knowledge and understanding of the framework and it’s importance in relation to the performance.. I will mainly focus on the works of Erving Goffman, Alison Oddey, Christopher B. Balme and ?.The group’s initial response to the performance was positive but I questioned whether framing was evident thoroughly throughout the piece.