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By 'pursuing the artificial and the theatricalisation of experience' Strachey implied that there was nothing inevitable about forms of Victorian eminence, but rather that they had happened to grow into exotic and extraordinary forms.
The theatricalisation of the lawful and unlawful noted by the Comarroffs and seen both in the TRC process, and in the way Doggy Dog's crime was interpreted inside and outside prison, suggest that in post-apartheid South Africa, power functions not only in the panoptic manner proposed by Foucault, (3) but also by way of dramatisation through stories.
He uses his sources to vivify an odd episode, in which Anglo-Scottish relations, personal revenge and the self-conscious theatricalisation of the assassination combine to make that act not only murder, but political theatre.