Definition of kitchen sink drama in English:

kitchen sink drama


  • A play or film in a post-war British style that was characterized by realistic depiction of drab or sordid subjects and used working-class domestic settings.

    ‘Morrissey championed the kitchen sink dramas of the Sixties’
    mass noun ‘the play is a classic slice of Northern kitchen sink drama’
    • ‘These still can be remote situations to us, but in kitchen sink dramas, the situations are very real.’
    • ‘It is an engaging character study, and closer to kitchen sink drama than action thriller.’
    • ‘Each episode was a brilliantly crafted kitchen sink drama in itself, with Harold's personal life always going down the plughole.’
    • ‘It was an early attempt at kitchen sink drama that portrayed approved schools as reformatories for juvenile offenders.’
    • ‘The spaces are profoundly connected to the realism of kitchen sink dramas of early modernist theatre.’