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British Theatre Companies: 1980–1994

Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is Reader in Theatre Studies at the University of Reading. He has written extensively on contemporary British theatre, including three volumes on the work of Sarah Kane, is the author of Patrick Marber's Closer (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008) and co-editor of Cool Britannia: Political Theatre in the 1990s (Palgrave, 2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... Early on, a number of performers such as Peter Richardson and Nigel Planer (as The Wild Boys) and French and Saunders were associated with the work of some of the theatre companies, and a number of these acts even started making...

Patrick Marber’s Closer

Graham Saunders (ed)

Graham Saunders is Reader in Theatre Studies at the University of Reading. He has written extensively on contemporary British theatre, including three volumes on the work of Sarah Kane, is the author of Patrick Marber's Closer (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008) and co-editor of Cool Britannia: Political Theatre in the 1990s (Palgrave, 2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

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...Closer emerged as one of the most successful plays of the 1990s, and one with a continuing afterlife through the academy award nominated film adaptation in 2004. Although the work of dramatists such as Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill...

Contracts, Clauses and Nudes: Breath, Oh! Calcutta! and the Freedom of Authorship

Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is Reader in Theatre Studies at the University of Reading. He has written extensively on contemporary British theatre, including three volumes on the work of Sarah Kane, is the author of Patrick Marber's Closer (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008) and co-editor of Cool Britannia: Political Theatre in the 1990s (Palgrave, 2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Beckett in Great Britain

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...It would make for an elegant pub quiz conundrum: ‘Which Samuel Beckett play has enjoyed the longest continuous run on-Broadway, or off-Broadway’? The first American production of Waiting for Godot in 1956 would be a good guess...

Joint Stock Theatre Company

Jacqueline Bolton

Jacqueline Bolton is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Lincoln, UK. Her research interests include dramaturgy, new writing and British fringe theatre of the 1970s and 1980s. She has written for the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance, is the editor of the Methuen Drama Student Edition of Pornography by Simon Stephens, and author of ‘Joint Stock’ in British Theatre Companies: 1980–1994, edited by Graham Saunders (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...I should like to correct the impression given in the TV Times interview with Paul Freeman – star of the recent ITV series Yesterday’s Dreams – that the Joint Stock Theatre Group (referred by him as ‘a Seventies avant garde theatre group...

Women’s Theatre Group

British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Introduction The Women’s Theatre Group (WTG), renamed Sphinx in 1991, is one of the few alternative touring companies to have survived from the 1970s to the present day. The group’s history encompasses all the snakes and ladders...

Historical and Cultural Background

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Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is Reader in Theatre Studies at the University of Reading. He has written extensively on contemporary British theatre, including three volumes on the work of Sarah Kane, is the author of Patrick Marber's Closer (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008) and co-editor of Cool Britannia: Political Theatre in the 1990s (Palgrave, 2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... Strangers (1985). This same retreat to the past has also been observed in the work of novelists such as Peter Ackroyd and Graham Swift (Taylor, 1989, 16), and while Edgar did address the 1984–5 miners’ strike in Maydays (1983) and later made...

Welfare State International

British Theatre Companies: 1965–1979 : Cast, The People Show, Portable Theatre, Pip Simmons Theatre Group, Welfare State International, 7:84 Theatre Companies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Introduction The Welfare State exists to create images in the most unexpected places: in streets, on housing estates, on recreation grounds. A labyrinth made out of junk is sprayed white by the fire brigade...

Talawa

British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Introduction (TTC/8/3/3/4, 1989) The good and great work from all cultures belongs to everyone. From its earliest days, Talawa Theatre Company set out to challenge long-held perceptions about black...

Théâtre de Complicité

British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Introduction Of all the companies discussed in this volume, Théâtre de Complicité (the name was officially abbreviated to Complicite in 2000, the French accents having waned early on) can legitimately lay claim to moving swiftly...

Forced Entertainment’s Early to Middle Years: Montage and Quotation

British Theatre Companies 1980–1994 : Joint Stock Theatre Company, Gay Sweatshop, Théâtre de Complicité, Forced Entertainment, Women’s Theatre Group, and Talawa

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...… Thank you and goodnight … Introduction As part of the opening and closing sequences of Hidden J (1994), Forced Entertainment’s eleventh theatre piece, Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden read from what appears...