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By Lynette Goddard (auth.)

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ISBN-13: 9781137493101

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Characters in Williams’ plays are often searching for a sense of belonging, which the teenage boys in Fallout try to achieve by being in the estate gang, sharing codes of dress, language and behaviour. They are costumed almost identically in casual clothes and trainers, speak the same colloquial ‘black talk’, an ‘urban patois’ (Sawyer, Observer, 10 February 2008) street talk infused with African American and Jamaican street slang language, and share a reverence for proving their ‘manhood’ by inducing fear through indiscriminate violence and petty crimes.

Keith Peacock interrogating how the portrayal raises evocative questions for society. Derbyshire maintains that Williams ‘draws attention to the underlying systemic causes of inner city violence and makes a constructive and valuable contribution to ongoing public debate’ (Derbyshire, 2007, 414). When read like this, Williams’ play can be appreciated for interrogating complex questions about race relations and contemporary urban violence in Britain, widening awareness that can help to improve the lives of young black people in inner cities.

In a direct echo of this incident, Ronnie’s decision to report witnessing the murder of Kwame to the police is fuelled by her seeing the £20,000 reward as a way of affording a materialistic lifestyle that far exceeds what she is currently able to achieve – cable TV, a Sony PlayStation, a nice car, new clothes, going out clubbing and taking foreign holidays. In the same way as the boys stole Kwame’s mobile phone and expensive trainers at the start of the play, Ronnie’s pursuit of material wealth highlights the youth’s misguided sense of what counts as status and life fulfilment.

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