chapter  11
Work in Process
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ThischapterpresentsaviewofRudkin'sunpublishedandself-generatedworks draftedduringthe1980'sand90's(someofwhichmaynotyethavearrivedat definitiveversions).

HanselandGretelwaswrittenin1979,producedbytheRSCatTheOther Place,Stratford-on-Avon,in1980;andagaininamoreremorselessproductionat theRoyalAcademyofDramaticArtin1986.Rudkin:

AfteranominousprologuebythepredatoryWitch,theplayopenswithacontemporaryfather,stepmotherandbaby(Phoebe)impatientlypursuingasonand daughterwhoseemtohavevengefullyrealisedtheirstepmother'swrywishto 'Take'emtothebluebellwoods...andlose'em'.HanselandGretel,of'local urbanspeech',determineto'let[theirstepmother]thinkshe'sreallylostus,give herafright.Himtoo.Pullhimtogether'.