Hot Irons: Diaries, Essays and Journalism 1980-1994

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Overview

A collection of writings from one of one of Britain's most controversial playwrights; includes four separate diaries published here for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854591234
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Brenton was born in 1942 in Portsmouth, where his father was a policeman and a lay preacher. He had written several plays for the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre before "Romans in Britain" (1980) was famously the cause of a failed prosecution by moral crusaders.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Essays
1 Masks and Us 3
2 Tea and 7-Up 19
3 A Crazy Optimism 23
4 Writing in Thatcherland: Five of My Plays 28
5 The Spaceman amongst the Tower Blocks 38
6 Democratic Laughter 44
7 For Mickery, with Love 49
8 The Unbearable Heaviness of Being English 57
9 The Best We Have, Alas: Bertolt Brecht 63
10 How Can We Do It, Vsevolod? 70
11 A Cheery Day: Margaret Thatcher's Resignation 73
12 Shakespeare: Playing in the Ruins 80
13 Hooks and Eyes and Plays and a Poem 85
Pt. II Diaries
1 On Tour 95
2 Troppo 139
3 Bright Past of Horrors and the Hazy Now 199
4 Rehearsing 229
Sources of Essays 271
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