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Between Journalism and Art: The Location of Criticism in the Twenty-First Century

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016


...‘[I]t seems impossible to express what the practice of writing a commissioned piece to a deadline actually feels like’, writes Tom Paulin, closing the introduction to his collection of criticism, Writing to the Moment (1996: xiv). He...

What Is New Writing?

Aleks Sierz

Aleks Sierz is Visiting Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, and author of In-Yer-Face Theatre: British Drama Today (Faber, 2001) and The Theatre of Martin Crimp (Methuen Drama, 2006). He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and theatre critic. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rewriting The Nation

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011


...Katurian Well .….I kind of hate any writing that’s even vaguely autobiographical. I think people who only write about what they know only write about what they know because they’re too fucking stupid to make anything up.So strong is British...

Some Principles

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a theatre theatre director and playwright. He is the Director of Fluxx, the improvisation company, and Co-Director of Rideout and Livestock. He is the author of House of Games, The Improvisation Game and For Those Who Like To Say No. He has taught at a range of colleges and institutions including University of Warwick and Staffordshire University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Disobedient Theatre : Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017


...Which are those drivers that characterize a rebellious, subversive theatre practice? 1. Defiance Explores current and recent examples of political and cultural defiance in theatre; an attempted...

There has Possibly Been an Incident

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Chris Thorpe

~playauthor~Written by~ Chris Thorpe

Oberon Books, 2013

Oberon Modern Plays


...When life offers you a choice between heroism and compromise - what happens? Sometimes planes don’t land the way they’re supposed to. The people of a country have had enough of their leaders, but those leaders have to be replaced...


British Theatre Companies 1995–2014 : Mind the Gap, Kneehigh Theatre, Suspect Culture, Stan’s Cafe, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015


...What shall we call this company? What is it, when you punch someone, they’re reeling, that dazed expression? Punchdrunk.Punchdrunk is renowned for having pioneered a radical approach to immersive theatre. With a signature Punchdrunk event...

Between Radical Adaptation and Strategic Adaptability: Ki Catur ‘Benyek’ Kuncoro in Conversation with Miguel Escobar

Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014


...This interview was conducted in Indonesian, rather than Javanese, upon the artist’s request, and was translated into English by the author. Indonesian naming practices vary greatly, but many Javanese people do not have a family name. Second...

Story: Adaptation and the Act of Telling

Frances Babbage

Frances Babbage is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has published widely on performance, adaptation and rewriting and is the author of Re-Visioning Myth:Modern and Contemporary Drama by Women (2011) and Augusto Boal (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre : Performing Literature

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018


...This chapter considers the ways in which an appreciation of the concerns and critiques attached to story and storytelling can be used profitably to reframe understanding of theatre’s own (re)tellings, in performance practice...

Radical Ritual Performance in the Early Prophetic Poetry of Bob Kaufman

Beat Drama : Playwrights and Performances of the ‘Howl’ Generation

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016


...Introduction William Stafford, in one of his pithy aphorisms, states that ‘[m]any critics treat a novel or poem as a statement./But it is better considered as a performance’ (2014: 46). Stafford’s astute observation...

Sarah Kane

Rage and Reason : Women Playwrights on Playwriting

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1997


...After completing an MA in Playwriting at Birmingham University, which she says, on reflection, nearly destroyed her as a writer, Sarah Kane exploded onto the London theatre scene in the spring of 1995 with her controversial first play...

Pointing at Sharp Ends – an Introduction

Peter Billingham

Dr Peter Billingham is Reader in Drama and Performance at the University of Portsmouth. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Sharp End : Uncovering the Work of Five Contemporary Dramatists

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2007


...Sharp ends hurt. Handle with care! Sharp ends aren’t polite. The sharp end is the shouting end. Not the ‘Sorry I’ll go away and come back’ end. Being at the sharp end is being where the action is. Getting involved. Making a point. Something...