Social and Political Satire and the Dutch Cabaret Tradition: It ain't easy being the funniest guy in the theatre

Robrecht Herfkens

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This thesis examines the relationship between theories of satire and Dutch Cabaret, arguing that satire, expressing critique through ridicule, constitutes a crucial element of Dutch cabaret, a performance art that articulates critical observations about society. Satire and Dutch cabaret are considered as a combined sociological phenomenon to reflect upon Dutch society, with the current wealth of contemporary Dutch cabaret performers creating a spectrum within the genre where artists can balance topical engagement with comedic entertainment according to their personal repertoire. The thesis also examines Dutch cabaret's historical development as a performance genre.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date12 Feb 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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