You can access a BBC production of Tennessee Williams’ important play by clicking this link. The link is valid until 24 April.
A Streetcar Named Desire (one of our A Level texts) is on the surface a domestic drama – the educated, fading beauty with a shady past, Blanche, runs out of options and comes for an extended stay in the claustrophobic home of her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, the working-class brute, Stanley (who was so memorably played by Marlon Brando in his first film role).
But the inevitable conflict that follows isn’t just a family tragedy played out in multi-cultural New Orleans – it’s a battle for the soul and direction of a country, finding its feet after the Second World war. How much of the past can, should, we let go of in moving forward? What is the ‘cost’ of progress?
‘Streetcar’ explores these and many other issues. Once heard or seen, never forgotten …
(And excellent revision for the students studying it, naturally)