Skip to main content

Distributed for University of Wales Press

J. O. Francis, Realist Drama and Ethics

Culture, Place and Nation

This book introduces readers to the work of the neglected Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, a major figure in amateur dramatic circles in Wales during the early twentieth century. Alyce von Rothkirch argues that Francis’s work displays a particular ethical response to Wales that aims at a realistic depiction of the nation without subscribing to widely available stereotypes. Francis’s work has been foundational for drama writing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and is here for the first time analyzed in its context of Welsh amateur drama.

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014

University of Wales Press - Writing Wales in English

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

University of Wales Press image

View all books from University of Wales Press

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface


List of Tables


                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

1. A Son of Wales Enters the Scene

2. J. O. Francis and Amateur Theatre in Wales, 1920-40

                The Ethics of Amateur Theatre

                Amateur Drama in Wales

                Amateur Drama Competitions

3. Place, Politics and the Possibilities of Realism

                Change (1912)

                Cross-Currents (1922)

                The Beaten Track (1924)

                Howell of Gwent (1932)

                The Devouring Fire (1953?)

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)/The Sheep and the Goats (1951?)

                The Bakehouse (1912) and The Sewing Guild (1943)

                Little Village (1928)

5. A Pilgrim to St David’s

                First Journey: London – Newport – Cardiff – Rhondda

                Second Journey: London – Brecon – Llanidloes – Aberdovey –


                Third Journey: Into the Heart of the Nation


List of Works by J. O. Francis

                Published Plays

                Published Plays: Translations

                Unpublished Plays

                Published Essays and Other Non-Fiction

                Work for Radio

List of Performances of Plays by J. O. Francis




Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press