British and Irish Drama since 1960

Overview

Published here for the first time, the fifteen essays in this collection survey the plays of some of the most important British and Irish dramatists of our time. The essays not only consider the work of dramatists who began writing before 1960, such as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Peter Nichols; they also discuss the work of more recent dramatists, among them Caryl Churchill, Brian Friel, Pam Gems, Tom Murphy, Edward Bond, Timberlake Wertenbaker, David Hare and Tony Harrison. They will be of ...
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Overview

Published here for the first time, the fifteen essays in this collection survey the plays of some of the most important British and Irish dramatists of our time. The essays not only consider the work of dramatists who began writing before 1960, such as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Peter Nichols; they also discuss the work of more recent dramatists, among them Caryl Churchill, Brian Friel, Pam Gems, Tom Murphy, Edward Bond, Timberlake Wertenbaker, David Hare and Tony Harrison. They will be of special interest to the person who enjoys seeing and/or reading plays, but who feels the need of some help in coming to terms with them. The contributors are drawn from various parts of the English-speaking world, and provide a variety of original perspectives on the fifteen dramatists who are discussed.
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Essays consider the work of 15 modern dramatists for either scholars or fans of the theater. They include established writers such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, and newer ones such as Caryl Churchill, Tom Murphy, and David Hare. No subject index. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312080464
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on the Contributors
1 'The Absolute Absence of the Absolute': the Theory and Practice of Samuel Beckett's Drama 1
2 Pinter and the Pinteresque 18
3 Revitalised Ritual and Theatrical Flair: the Plays of Peter Shaffer 32
4 Mirrors of Utopia: Caryl Churchill and Joint Stock 47
5 Casting the Audience: Theatricality in the Stage Plays of Peter Nichols 60
6 Translations of History: Story-telling in Brian Friel's Theatre 73
7 Tom Murphy: Acts of Faith in a Godless World 88
8 Edward Bond: a Political Education 103
9 Stoppard's Theatre of Unknowing 117
1O Making History: the Plays of Howard Brenton 130
11 Forgiving History and Making New Worlds: Timberlake Wertenbaker's Recent Drama 146
12 Freedom and Form in David Hare's Drama 162
13 Honouring the Audience: the Theatre of Howard Barker 176
14 The Plays of Pam Gems: Personal/ Political/ Personal 190
15 Postmodern Classics: the Verse Drama of Tony Harrison 202
Index 227
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