cup-and-saucer drama



  • In the late 19th century, a realistic drawing-room dramathat dealt with contemporary social issues. The term was first appliedto the works of Tom Robertson, whose play Society(1865) introduced a new realism to the London stage in the era ofmelodrama. The popularity of his Caste (1867) helped to ensurethat a more naturalistic style of acting would permanently replacethe bombastic delivery and sweeping gestures of the earlier Victorianstage.

    The story of Robertson's conversion to cup-and-saucer dramaprovided the basis for Pinero's play Trelawny of the 'Wells'(1898), in which the character of Tom Wrench is closely based on Robertson.