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Joan Littlewood's Theatre

Joan Littlewood's Theatre

by Nadine Holdsworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 052111960X

ISBN-13: 9780521119603

Pub. Date: 04/30/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Joan Littlewood was one of the most visionary and influential theatre directors of the twentieth century. Drawing on extensive archival research and detailed performance histories, and paying close attention to wider political and cultural forces, this innovative study presents a fresh examination of Littlewood's treatment of the politics of war, Renaissance plays,

Overview

Joan Littlewood was one of the most visionary and influential theatre directors of the twentieth century. Drawing on extensive archival research and detailed performance histories, and paying close attention to wider political and cultural forces, this innovative study presents a fresh examination of Littlewood's treatment of the politics of war, Renaissance plays, marginalised communities and popular culture in productions such as Oh What a Lovely War, A Taste of Honey and Richard II. The book breaks new ground with a sustained examination of Littlewood's paratheatrical activity that centred on her ambitious plans for the Fun Palace, a multifaceted cultural centre, and her numerous playground projects for young people. Alert to critical thinking on ethics, citizenship, cultural politics, class and space, Joan Littlewood's Theatre will deepen and extend knowledge and understanding of the innovative theatrical, cultural and community-based practices generated by Littlewood throughout her career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521119603
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre Series
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. A peculiar history: life, love and theatre; 2. The war game: politics, ethics and representation; 3. Controversial classics: resisting cultural authority; 4. Poetic realism: representing working-class communities; 5. Popular theatrical communities: outsiders, misfits and miscreants; 6. Cultural democracy and spatial encounters: the Fun Palace project; 7. Spaces to play/playing with spaces: young people, play and citizenship.

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