Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre

Staging the Victorians


Author: Benjamin Poore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230360149

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 1822

The stage portrayal of the Victorians in recent times is a key reference point in understanding notions of Britishness, and the profound politicisation of that debate over the last four decades. This book throws new light on works by canonical playwrights like Bond, Edgar, and Churchill, linking theatre to the wider culture at large.

Contemporary British Theatre

Breaking New Ground


Author: V. Angelaki

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137010134

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 1477

This edited collection brings together a team of internationally prominent academics and delivers cutting-edge discourse on the strongly emerging tradition of experimentation in contemporary British theatre - redefining what the dramatic stands for today. Each chapter of the collection focuses on influential contemporary plays and playwrights.

Tales of the Tricycle Theatre


Author: Terry Stoller

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472536290

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

View: 2153

Tales of the Tricycle Theatre provides an inside look at the history of the north London theatre which has achieved renown with its staging of black, Irish, verbatim and political drama. Co-published with the Society for Theatre Research, the book draws extensively on archival research and interviews with actors, playwrights, directors, designers and board members to document and celebrate the work of one of London's most artistically exciting and politically engaged theatres. Terry Stoller presents the Tricycle's story, giving you a front-row view of the theatre's productions, including: - the work of generations of black British writers, from Mustapha Matura and Alfred Fagon to Roy Williams, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Bola Agbaje - Irish plays ranging from Bernard Shaw's John Bull's Other Island to Brendan Behan's The Hostage - its critically lauded political play cycles The Bomb ? A Partial History and The Great Game: Afghanistan, the latter performed at the Pentagon in 2011 "[The Tricycle Theatre] has been both defiantly local and proudly international, it has held a mirror up to British society, and, above all, it has proved that political engagement is not incompatible with the highest artistic standards. It has helped make my life as a critic worthwhile . . .?? Michael Billington, Foreword

Observing Theatre

Spirituality and Subjectivity in the Performing Arts


Author: Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401210292

Category: Law

Page: 233

View: 5000

Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe and co-authors take the exploration of the subjective dimension of theatre, its spiritual context, its relation to consciousness and natural law, further than ever before, thanks to the context provided by the thinking of German geobiologist Hans Binder. We present relevant aspects of Binder’s approach as precisely as possible, then take Binder’s approach for granted to tease out the implications of that approach to the issues of theatre, including nostalgia, intercultural theatre, theatre criticism, dealing with demanding roles, the canon, theatre and philosophy, digital performance, practice as research, and applied theatre. Overall, the book proposes an overarching emphasis on the importance of living in the present and the concomitant need to abandon obsolete but still powerful patterns of the past. In this context, theatre, according to Binder, has a global responsibility for the new world in which humans are liberated from the scourge of the past. Theatre has the power and thus the responsibility to be path-breaking for a new “fiction”, to show to people, in a playful and creative manner, the direction in which the new consciousness can move. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe is Professor of Drama at the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln. He has numerous publications on the topic of ‘Theatre and Consciousness’ to his credit, and is founding editor of the peer-reviewed web-journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts and the book series of the same title with Rodopi.

New Theatre Quarterly 59: Volume 15


Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521655972

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 5489

One of a series discussing topics of interest in theatre studies from theoretical, methodological, philosophical and historical perspectives. The books are aimed at drama and theatre teachers, advanced students in schools and colleges, arts authorities, actors, playwrights, critics and directors.

Contemporary British Drama


Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 5315

This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

Royal Court: International


Author: E. Aston,Mark O'Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137487720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

View: 2642

The first ever full-length study of the Royal Court Theatre's International Department, covering the theatre's unique programming of international plays and seasons, its London-based residences for writers from overseas, and the legacies of workshops conducted in more than 30 countries.

Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation


Author: Margaret Jane Kidnie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134393644

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 7948

'Kidnie's study presents original, sophisticated, and profoundly intelligent answers to important questions.' - Lukas Erne, University of Geneva 'This is a fine and productive book, one that will surely draw significant attention and commentary well beyond the precincts of Shakespeare studies.' - W.B. Worthen, Columbia University Shakespeare’s plays continue to be circulated on a massive scale in a variety of guises – as editions, performances, and adaptations – and it is by means of such mediation that we come to know his drama. Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation addresses fundamental questions about this process of mediation, making use of the fraught category of adaptation to explore how we currently understand the Shakespearean work. To adapt implies there exists something to alter, but what constitutes the category of the ‘play’, and how does it relate to adaptation? How do ‘play’ and ‘adaptation’ relate to drama’s twin media, text and performance? What impact might answers to these questions have on current editorial, performance, and adaptation studies? Margaret Jane Kidnie argues that ‘play’ and ‘adaptation’ are provisional categories - mutually dependent processes that evolve over time in accordance with the needs of users. This theoretical argument about the identity of works and the nature of text and performance is pursued in relation to diverse examples, including theatrical productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC’s ShakespeaRe-Told, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and recent print editions of the complete works. These new readings build up a persuasive picture of the cultural and intellectual processes that determine how the authentically Shakespearean is distinguished from the fraudulent and adaptive. Adaptation thus emerges as the conceptually necessary but culturally problematic category that results from partial or occasional failures to recognize a shifting work in its textual-theatrical instance.

The Cambridge Companion to David Hare


Author: Richard Boon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139827614

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

View: 5400

David Hare is one of the most important playwrights to have emerged in the UK in the last forty years. This volume examines his stage plays, television plays and cinematic films, and is the first book of its kind to offer such comprehensive and up-to-date critical treatment. Contributions from leading academics in the study of modern British theatre sit alongside those from practitioners who have worked closely with Hare throughout his career, including former Director of the National Theatre Sir Richard Eyre. Uniquely, the volume also includes a chapter on Hare's work as journalist and public speaker; a personal memoir by Tony Bicât, co-founder with Hare of the enormously influential Portable Theatre; and an interview with Hare himself in which he offers a personal retrospective of his career as a film maker which is his fullest and clearest account of that work to date.

Theatre World 2008-2009

The Most Complete Record of the American Theatre


Author: Ben Hodges

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423473695

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

View: 6565

Scenes from the plays and portraits of leading actors accompany a statistical record of the current season

In-Yer-Face Theatre

British Drama Today


Author: Aleks Sierz

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318495

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 8299

The most controversial and newsworthy plays of British theatre are a rash of rude, vicious and provocative pieces by a brat pack of twentysomethings whose debuts startled critics and audiences with their heady mix of sex, violence and street-poetry. In-Yer-Face Theatre is the first book to study this exciting outburst of creative self-expression by what in other contexts has been called Generation X, or Thatcher's Children, the 'yoof' who grew up during the last Conservative Government. The book argues that, for example, Trainspotting, Blasted, Mojo and Shopping and F**king are much more than a collection of shock tactics - taken together, they represent a consistent critique of modern life, one which focuses on the problem of violence, the crisis of masculinity and the futility of consumerism. The book contains extensive interviews with playwrights, including Sarah Kane (Blasted), Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and F**king), Philip Ridley (The Pitchfork Disney), Patrick Marber (Closer) and Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane).

New Theatre Quarterly 75


Author: Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535908

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 758

Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope


Author: Joel Faflak,Jason Haslam

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442665750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 4286

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

The Theatre Book of the Year, 1947-1948

A Record and an Interpretation


Author: George Jean Nathan

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838611760

Category: Theater

Page: 370

View: 3595

George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) was formative influence on American letters in the first half of this century, and is generally considered the leading drama critic of his era. With H. L. Mencken, Nathan edited The Smart Set and founded and edited The American Mercury, journals that shaped opinion in the 1920s and 1930s. This series of reprints, individually introduced by the distinguished critic and novelist Charles Angoff, collects Nathan's penetrating, witty, and sometimes cynical drama criticism.

Englisches Theater der Gegenwart

Geschichte(n) und Strukturen


Author: Klaus Peter Müller

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 9783823340300

Category: English drama

Page: 544

View: 5167

A Good Night Out for the Girls

Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance


Author: E. Aston,G. Harris

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137300140

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 8998

Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, this book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.

Pregones Theatre

A Theatre for Social Change in the South Bronx


Author: Eva Cristina Vásquez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317793811

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 7450

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.