Feminist Stages: Interviews with Women in Contemporary British Theatre / Edition 1

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Overview

Feminist Stages draws together the voices of more than fifty women currently working in the theatres of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
It asks provocative questions: What is Feminism? Does gender matter in the theatre? Is there a "female" or "feminist" way of working in the theatre? Are things changing for women in the theatre today?
These women speak across generations, sometimes at cross purposes. They speak from individual positions with regard to race, class, sexuality and regional identity, and approaches to performance.
About the Author and Researcher
Lizbeth Goodman is Lecturer (Theatre Studies/Gender Studies specialist) at the Open University. She also produces and directs comedy at the Gate Theatre, London.
Jane de Gay is a Research Assistant working on the Gender, Politics, Performance Research Project (chaired by Lizbeth Goodman for the Open University). She is also completing at Ph.D. study about the work of Virginia Woolf.

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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Daniels
Feminist Stages is a major contribution to the study of women and theatre, reminding us of the remarkable achievements of established women writers and directing our attention to innovative work of younger women.
Peta Tait
Goodman's research reveals that the extensive scale of feminist theatre activity means it can no longer be dismissed as a peripheral or marginal form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783718658725
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Contemporary Theatre Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Feminist Stages: An Introduction 1
Pt. I Feminist Stages from 1968 into the 1970s
Ann Jellicoe 19
Pam Gems 24
Gillian Hanna 32
Bryony Lavery 40
Elizabeth MacLennan 47
Kathleen McCreery 52
Nancy Diuguid 59
Kate Owen 66
Louise Page 70
Annie Castledine 76
Tasha Fairbanks 80
Genista McIntosh 86
Michelene Wandor 90
Pt. II Feminist Stages of the 1980s
Sarah Daniels 99
Polly Teale 103
Jules Wright 107
Jill Greenhalgh and Susan Bassnett on the Magdalena Project 115
Yvonne Brewster 121
Penny Casdagli of Neti-Neti Theatre 128
Bernardine Evaristo on Theatre of Black Women 132
Charlotte Keatley 137
Fiona Shaw 142
Juliet Stevenson 147
Diana Quick 153
Harriet Walter 156
Sue Pomeroy 162
Clare Venables 169
Claire MacDonald 172
Sue Parrish and the Sphinx formerly Women's Theatre Group 176
Betty Caplan 182
Pt. III Feminist Stages of the 1990s
Denise Wong 195
Kristine Landon-Smith of Tamasha 201
The Hairy Marys 207
Emilyn Claid 210
Morwenna Banks 216
Victoria Worsley 220
Mara de Wit 223
Deborah Levy 227
Nina Rapi 234
Deborah Baddoo 240
Anna O 245
Jackie Kay 251
Peta Lily 260
Women's Issues Theatre 267
Sharon Morgan on Welsh Women's Theatres 272
Charabanc Theatre Company on Irish Women's Theatres 278
The MsFits, on Scottish Women's Theatres 283
Carole Woddis 289
Conclusion: An Interviewer Talks Back 295
Afterword: 'Guerillas in the Mist': Sightings of, and Observations on Feminists in British Theatre 303
Select Chronology of Plays by Women: 1958 to the present 309
Index 321
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