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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

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...‘[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...

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

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...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...

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

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...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...

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

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...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...

Conclusion

Trish Reid

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Dr Trish Reid is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, UK. She is the author of Theatre & Scotland, editor of Contemporary Scottish Plays (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015) and has contributed to Decades of Modern British Playwriting the 1990s, edited by Aleks Sierz (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He is co-editor with Patrick Lonergan of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s Critical Companions series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Anthony Neilson

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Over a reasonably long career Neilson has grown in stature as a theatre maker, garnering considerable respect and a significant number of awards. The Wonderful World of Dissocia has achieved something like canonical status as evidenced...

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

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...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...

Radical Ritual Performance in the Early Prophetic Poetry of Bob Kaufman

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...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...

Conclusion: Sharpening Points

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

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...Writing and researching this book has been a terrifically interesting and stimulating journey over a period of eighteen months from inception and commission to completion. Like any journey there were some expected destinations and stop-off...

Sarah Kane

Rage and Reason : Women Playwrights on Playwriting

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1997

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...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...

Perspectives

Trish Reid

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Dr Trish Reid is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, UK. She is the author of Theatre & Scotland, editor of Contemporary Scottish Plays (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015) and has contributed to Decades of Modern British Playwriting the 1990s, edited by Aleks Sierz (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He is co-editor with Patrick Lonergan of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s Critical Companions series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Anthony Neilson

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Finding the Light: Anthony Neilson in Conversation Trish Reid: There was quite a lot of discussion in the reviews, and on social media, of Unreachable as a very immediate show...