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In this image from the original production of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, Alison (Mary Ure) is ironing while Cliff (Alan Bates) reads the newspaper. Both of them are trying to ignore the ranting of Jimmy (played by Kenneth Haigh) who is standing just out of shot. The ironing board came to be seen as the defining image of post-war British theatre, a domestic object that symbolises a shift away from upper-middle-class ‘drawing-room comedies’ towards ‘kitchen-sink’ realism.

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