Contemporary British Theatre, 1st Edition by Theodore Shank (eds.)

By Theodore Shank (eds.)

Contemporary British Theatre surveys the advanced and dynamic theatre of the eighties and early nineties reflecting a rustic that's multicultural, multiethnic and multinational. The individuals - artists, students and critics - provide insights into the original sorts of theatre functionality devised to specific the tensions and pressures of our time. For the paperback version a brand new preface has been written, together with a number of updating items from person contributors.

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Unlike the detailed world for which director Trevor Nunn had a proclivity in the early eighties, Sam Mendes says he tends 'to look for simple organic properties that can have a hundred meanings' (quoted in Wardle). The number of premiere productions in the late eighties and early nineties may not actually have decreased, but many of these at the National, the RSC, the Royal Court and in the West End drew upon the familiar - the work of earlier writers or history or movies which would spark recognition in the minds of potential spectators.

Berkoff uncovered in Wilde's playa more accurate power-diagram of the gaze than the vulgar feminists of today. His proposition was that it is the man who looks at the woman who is trapped and overcome. It is the woman who is looked at who possesses power. And the attractive man who refuses to look at the beautiful woman has ultimate power over her. Salom~ pants like a predator for Iokanaan, not because he will not kiss her, but because he will not look at her. She holds his sex in her hands when she holds his head, but its eyes are dead and its lips are cold.

Interview with Peter Hall, Adrian Noble and Terry Hands, The Observer, 28 June 1992. DV8 Physical Theatre. Programme for If Only . , Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11 August 1990. Matura, Mustapha. Interview by the author, London, 6 September 1991. Stafford-Clark, Max. 'Looking Back in Anger', The Guardian (London), 28 May 1991. Motton, Gregory. 'At the Stage of Hollow Moralising', The Guardian (London), 16 April 1992. 'Theatres and Nations', a panel discussion moderated by Michael Billington at the Edinburgh Festival, sponsored by The Guardian (London), 18 August 1991.

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