This text examines the key issues in British and Irish theatre since 1979, focusing on major and emerging playwrights, institutions, and various theatre practices. This collection offers new ways of thinking about the social, political, and cultural contexts within which specific aspects of British and Irish theatre have emerged and explores the relationship between these contexts and the works produced.
A detailed guide to the generation of directors whose careers were forged and tempered in the changing Europe of the 1980s and 1990s. The featured directors are: Calixto Bieito, Piotr Borowski, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Patrice Chéreau, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Kristian Frédric, Rodrigo García, Jan Lauwers, Christoph Marthaler, Simon McBurney, Daniel Mesguich, Katie Mitchell, Ariane Mnouchkine, Thomas Ostermeier, Patrice Pavis, Silviu Purcărete and Peter Sellars.
This text provides a step-by-step approach to tackling the entire field of modern plays. With discussions of the characteristics; conventions; language; and structure of modern plays, the book also introduces a workshop method of exploring texts.
This book offers the first direct evidence that women playwrights helped create the movement known as Modern Drama. It contains a range of plays by women including Anne-Charlotte Leffler Edgren (Sweden), Amelai Pincherle Rosselli (Italy), Elsa Berstein (Germany), Elizabeth Robins (Britain), Marie Leneru and Rachilde (France), Alfonsina Storni (Argentina), Hella Wuolijoki (Finland), Hasegawa Shigure (Japan), Zinaida Gippius (Russia), and Djuna Barnes and Marita Bonner (USA).
The idea of the tragic has permeated Western culture for millennia, and has been expressed theatrically since the time of the ancient Greeks. However, it was in the Europe of the twentieth century - one of the most violent periods of human history - that the tragic form significantly developed. This text examines the consciousness of this era, drawing a picture of the development of the tragic through an in-depth analysis of some of the twentieth century's most outstanding texts.
This book examines modern performances in both Britain and America. It includes interviews with influential directors; close analysis of stage and screen adaptations; and detailed appendices of professional and amateur productions.
A compilation of works from key movements in the history of the modern theatre, from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. It comprises a selection of plays and performance texts that define the period, reproduced in full and accompanied by key theoretical writings from performers, playwrights and critics that inform and contextualize their reading. Substantial introductions from experts in the field also provide an overview of the works and their significance.