Naked Thoughts That Roam About

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The late John McGrath spent his life campaigning for a popular theatre that was politically engaged. His campaign most famously took the form of his founding 7:84, a theatre company named after the statistic that announced 7% percent of the Great Britain’s population owns 84% of the nation’s wealth. Naked Thoughts That Roam About is a selection of his writing on theatre spanning a 40-year period, from his undergraduate days to "Theatre and Democracy," written in 1999.

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Overview

The late John McGrath spent his life campaigning for a popular theatre that was politically engaged. His campaign most famously took the form of his founding 7:84, a theatre company named after the statistic that announced 7% percent of the Great Britain’s population owns 84% of the nation’s wealth. Naked Thoughts That Roam About is a selection of his writing on theatre spanning a 40-year period, from his undergraduate days to "Theatre and Democracy," written in 1999.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854592392
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Nick Hern Bks.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Notes on a Theatre
Brendan Behan
Arthur Miller
John Osborne
In Conclusion
Les Birds
Why the Chicken?
A View from the Brink
Poetic and Dramatic Structure
Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun
Bloody Men
Peter Terson's Zigger-Zagger'
David Storey's 'The Restoration of Arnold Middleton'
Random Happenings in the Hebrides
The Personality of a Revolution
Power to the Imagination!
The Problem of Contemporary Form
Joan Littlewood
Give Us No Frontiers
Friends and Enemies
Anti-Apartheid Stand
The Writing on the Wall
The Liverpool Everyman
Fish in the Sea
7-Days
The Origins of 7:84
Tuzo Missile
Letter of Resignation
The Year of the Cheviot
The Game's a Bogey
Boom: An Introduction
Some Thoughts on How We Spend Our Money on New Drama
Little Red Hen
The Present Situation of 7:84
Lay Off
Yobbo Nowt
Introduction to 7:84 for Director Applicants
Our Land, Our Lives
Out of Our Heads
Some Uses of Stereotype
Clive Goodwin
Wreckers & Trembling Giant
Joe of England
Vandaleur's Folly
The Theory and Practice of Political Theatre
The Catch
Living Dangerously
A Good Night Out
Making Art Popular - Or Making Popular Art?
Joe's Drum
Swings and Roundabout
Blood Red Roses
The Clydebuilt Season
General Gathering - Policy Document
Women in Power
Meanwhile, Back in Scotland
Nightclass
Policy Statement 1981/82
Rejoice!
Six Men of Dorset
7:84 England Loses Arts Council Funding
All the Fun of the Fair
Welcome to All the Fun of the Fair
Meanwhile, in Scotland
7:84 Theatre Company Scotland - The Scottish People's Theatre
Crisis for 7:84 Scotland
Resigning from 7:84 Scotland
The Bone Won't Break
'New Theatre Quarterly' Symposium
The Process and Product of Theatre
Democracy Consumed by Jargon
The 1990s and Beyond
Scotland: The Writing on the Wall
'Border Warfare' and John Wheatley
John Brown's Body
Welcome to John Brown's Body
A Change in the Wind
Working-Class Theatre
Wicked Old Man
Watching for Dolphins
Harold Pinter on his Sixtieth Birthday
Theatre and Nation
European Media Policy
Go With the Flow
The Road to Mandalay
A Satire of the Fourth Estaite
Reaching the Stage of Optimism
Thatcher's Last Twitch
Theatre and Democracy
Notes
Chronology of Plays
Index
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