What value does theatre have in Britain at the beginning of the
twenty-first century? How has theatre responded to the challenge of
remaining relevant in the media-saturated world of today? These are the
questions that underpin this stimulating study of some of the leading dramatists of contemporary British theatre.
At the Sharp End sets the scene examining how the forces
that created a revolution in theatre fifty years ago have been replaced
by a new wave of political and social issues. It goes on to explore the
ways in which five key writers have sought to reflect and wrestle with
the changing character of modern Britain.
The work of David Edgar, David Greig, Mark Ravenhill, Tanika Gupta and Tim Etchells' company Forced Entertainment is considered, with recent plays examined in detail, an interview with each writer; and suggestions of other writers and plays for reading and comparison.
At the Sharp End provides the perfect companion for anyone wanting to understand the changing face of contemporary drama and the writers whose work is making an impact on our stages today.
'Peter Billingham builds a valuable picture of the [modern theatre] scene in the background notes he offers to interviews' The Stage (December 2007)