Scottish Theatre: Diversity, Language, Continuity

Scottish Theatre: Diversity, Language, Continuity

by Ian Brown
     
 
This book challenges the dominant view of a broken and discontinuous dramatic culture in Scotland. In doing so, it outlines the variety and richness of the nation's performance traditions and multilingual theatre history.
Brown illuminates enduring strands of hybridity and diversity in Scottish culture. He shows how these use theatre and theatricality as a means

Overview

This book challenges the dominant view of a broken and discontinuous dramatic culture in Scotland. In doing so, it outlines the variety and richness of the nation's performance traditions and multilingual theatre history.
Brown illuminates enduring strands of hybridity and diversity in Scottish culture. He shows how these use theatre and theatricality as a means of challenging establishment views, and of exploring social, political, and religious change. He describes the ways in which politically and religiously divisive moments in Scottish history, such as the Reformation or political Union, surprisingly fostered alternative dramatic modes and means of expression. This major revisionist history also analyses the changing relationships between drama, culture, and political change in Scotland in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this, it draws on the work of an extensive range of modern and contemporary Scottish playwrights and drama practitioners.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Brown’s exceptional range of experience as playwright, academic and senior administrator with the Arts Council, makes this an immensely rewarding study. It enriches our understanding of theatre practice and theatre history both within and beyond Scotland.” – Anne Varty, Royal Holloway, University of London

"Ian Brown’s monograph follows The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Drama he edited in 2011, and taken together, these books amount to a thorough and radical rethinking of the traditions of Scottish plays, performances, dramatic and theatrical structures and engagements through history, how we have encountered them, and how we might read them with fresh interest and deeper sympathy and understanding"

- Alan Riach (Glasgow), in The Bottle Imp Vol.15 2014.

For the full review see: THE BOTTLE IMP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042037434
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature Series, #22
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 0.94(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Brown is a playwright, poet and Professor of Drama at Kingston University, London. Until recently Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, he was General Editor of the Edinburgh History of Scottish Theatre (2007) and editor of From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth (2010) and The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Drama (2011). He has published widely on theatre, cultural policy and literature and language.

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