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One of the goals of Howard Barker's Theatre of Catastrophe is to challenge conventional view of historical events and writing of history. Barker's historical approach is to first identify the repressive power institutions and their destructive effects on the lives of characters, then take up an uncompromising stance against the discourse of authority that tries to construct history according to its ends and attitudes. The Gaoler's Ache (1998) is a play by which Barker represents thedoi:10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.7n.1p.239 fatcat:oislt2whdjdb7offf7aqqfp7sq