DOI: 10.5040/9781408161647.00000009
Scenes: 7. Roles: Male (6) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

In their introduction to the play, authors Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden say of Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 'This little piece is not exactly a play, nor is it anything else in particular. If we must call it something, it might well be termed "A Theme for Variations."'

A satirical play, Ars Longa Vita Brevis draws comparisons between education and military conquest, suggesting that the result of both is the suppression of individual expression, and, ultimately, the death of the individual, as seen in the life of the martially-minded art master Mr Miltiades. The free rein the authors give to the possibility for production is in marked contrast to the damning, and ultimately damned, techniques of the protagonist of the piece.

From Arden / D'Arcy Plays: 1


Bloomsbury Publishing

John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy

ISBN: 9780413649409

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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