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‘To experience a thing as beautiful’: The Photographic Practice of Howard Barker

Andy W. Smith

Dr Andy W. Smith is the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales, UK. His doctoral thesis is a study of Howard Barker and his theatre company The Wrestling School. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the theatre of Howard Barker, post-war British drama, horror cinema and the Gothic in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... Andy W. Smith, ‘“I am not what I was”: Adaptation and Transformation in the Theatre of Howard Barker and The Wrestling School’, in David Ian Rabey and Karoline Gritzner (eds), Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. London: Oberon...

Introduction to Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe

James Reynolds

Dr James Reynolds is a Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University in London. He has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and Rose Bruford College. His Ph.D. research at Queen Mary investigated performance practices in Robert Lepage’s devised theatre. Published work explores Howard Barker’s direction of his own plays, Lepage’s work with objects, the cinematic adaptation of graphic novels, applied theatre and the relationship between addiction and performance. Forthcoming publications investigate the National Theatre’s adaptations of children’s literature for the stage, acting the Barker text, and Lepage’s work as a director. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Andy W. Smith

Dr Andy W. Smith is the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales, UK. His doctoral thesis is a study of Howard Barker and his theatre company The Wrestling School. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the theatre of Howard Barker, post-war British drama, horror cinema and the Gothic in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...This volume invites us to reconsider both the work of Howard Barker as a dramatist, and that of his theatre company, The Wrestling School. The work collected here brings together conversations with theatre makers from in and outside...

Staging Barker in America

Andy W. Smith

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Dr Andy W. Smith is the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales, UK. His doctoral thesis is a study of Howard Barker and his theatre company The Wrestling School. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the theatre of Howard Barker, post-war British drama, horror cinema and the Gothic in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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in Conversation with Cheryl Faraone

in Conversation with Cheryl Faraone

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Richard Romagnoli

Richard Romagnoli

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Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Dead men float with their arses in the air. Hating the living, they turn their buttocks up. I have this on authority. Their faces meanwhile peer into the seabed where their bones will lie. After the battle the waves were clotted with men...

Barker from a Viewpoint: Staging Ursula: Fear of the Estuary

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...This chapter addresses the demands of creating and directing gesture and movement in Barker’s Wrestling School texts. I refer to Barker’s Wrestling School texts as those that are identifiable in their style from a turning point...

Acting Barker

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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A Company and Its Origins

James Reynolds

Dr James Reynolds is a Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University in London. He has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and Rose Bruford College. His Ph.D. research at Queen Mary investigated performance practices in Robert Lepage’s devised theatre. Published work explores Howard Barker’s direction of his own plays, Lepage’s work with objects, the cinematic adaptation of graphic novels, applied theatre and the relationship between addiction and performance. Forthcoming publications investigate the National Theatre’s adaptations of children’s literature for the stage, acting the Barker text, and Lepage’s work as a director. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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in Conversation with Kenny Ireland

in Conversation with Kenny Ireland

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Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The company feels that some understanding of the theory and methods behind the work will be of interest to audiences, thus in conjunction with appropriate productions, a short programme of lectures, seminars and discussions...

Staging Barker at Scotland’s Conservatoire

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The following interview was conducted at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on 17 May 2013, ahead of the opening of the RCS’s productions of two Barker plays, Victory (directed by Hugh Hodgart, the Conservatoire’s Dean of Drama)...

From the Actor, to the Actor

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... as many people as possible, as viscerally as possible. To this end, he worked with designers, Chris Dyer, Johan Engels and Rae Smith, who provided him with hot debate, not pretty presents. Similarly, he cast actors who brought a lot...

Amplifying Catastrophe

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... on a few of his plays. I had met Kenny Ireland, the director of that show, in Scotland, and I knew Chris Corner, the administrator and producer of the company. The lighting designer of this show was the late Andy Phillips; aggressive,...

Howard Barker and the Return of Religion

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Howard Barker, The Ecstatic Bible. London: Oberon Books, 2004, p. 168. God’s silence is too terrible for men. An interest in spirituality and theology is clearly perceivable in the plays and dramatic theory of Howard...