A new, significant change in English drama took place (ebbe luogo) only at the beginning of the 1950s with Look Back in Anger (1956) (Ricorda con Rabbia) by the young dramatist John Osborne . The play shows concern with (preoccupazione per) social issues (problematiche) and introduces (presenta) working class characters using slang and dialects. It was produced and applauded as the turning point (punto di svolta) in post-war (dopo guerra) British theatre, the origin of the so called “kitchen-sink drama” (drammi di cucina) genre. The protagonist, Jimmy Porter, captured (catturò) the angry and rebellious nature of the post war generation of “angry young men”.
John Osborne (1929 – 1994), expelled (espulso) from the public school he was attending (frequentando) (1945), after a period of journalism, found a job as a teacher of a touring company (compagnia itinerante) of junior actors that introduced him to the theatre. Osborne started writing plays, and soon his life was absorbed by his theatrical production and scripts (scritti) for television and cinema. His private life was very tormented: he married five times, and had many lovers. In 1958, he founded (fondò) the film production company Woodfall Films with Tony Richardson. Together they filmed two adaptations: Look Back in Anger, released (prodotta) in 1959, starring (recitata da) Richard Burton, and The Entertainer (1960), starring Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1963, Osborne won an Academy Award (Oscar) for his screenplay (sceneggiatura) for Tom Jones, directed by Tony Richardson . In the last decade of his life, he appeared as an actor in Tomorrow Never Comes (1978), and in Flash Gordon (1980).