Impossible Plays: Adventures with the Cottesloe Company

Impossible Plays: Adventures with the Cottesloe Company

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by Jack Shepherd, Keith Dewhurst
     
 

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Bill Bryden's Cottesloe Company, which flourished at Peter Hall'sNational Theatre, was the English theatre's only true ensemble of thelast thirty or so years. Impossible Plays tells the story ofthe company and the many actors and musicians connected to it.Co-written by Keith Dewhurst, author of eight plays for the group, andJack Shepherd, a founder-actor, it

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Bill Bryden's Cottesloe Company, which flourished at Peter Hall'sNational Theatre, was the English theatre's only true ensemble of thelast thirty or so years. Impossible Plays tells the story ofthe company and the many actors and musicians connected to it.Co-written by Keith Dewhurst, author of eight plays for the group, andJack Shepherd, a founder-actor, it explains the ideas behind thecompany's work and how the work was staged, and provides anidiosyncratic, lively and deeply personal take on the company.

"The search was always to find a popular theatre, a form oftheatre that would draw into it people from all backgrounds, not justthe cultured and the educated."

Beginning with a Royal Court Theatre Sunday night performance in1970, the story of one company's aim to create a popular theatre formincludes such milestone productions as The Mystery cycle of plays and Lark Rise to Candleford. With photographs by John Haynes, Michael Mayhew and Nobby Clark, Impossible Plays is a glorious and timely tribute to one of theatre's most innovative companies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413775856
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Series:
Plays and Playwrights Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.45(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Keith Dewhust wrote eight of the plays produced by the Cottesloe Company, including Lark Rise to Candleford.
Jack Shepherd, a leading actor of his generation, was oneof the founding actors of the Cottesloe Company as well as being aplaywright. In 2005 his play Man Falling Down: A Mask Play was staged at the Globe Theatre, London.

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