Theatre of Conscience 1939-53: A Study of Four Touring British Community Theatres

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Theatres of Conscience offers an invaluable and essential insight into four touring British theatre companies whose work and contributions to post-war British theatre have largely gone unnoticed. Combining a rigorous scholarly evaluation of their work and their broadly ideological and ethical contribution to wider post-war developments in British theatre. Peter Billingham offers the reader a unique insight into four companies which, motivated by enthusiasm, principles and creative innovation, sought to take the ...
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Theatre of Conscience 1939-53: A Study of Four Touring British Community Theatres

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Overview

Theatres of Conscience offers an invaluable and essential insight into four touring British theatre companies whose work and contributions to post-war British theatre have largely gone unnoticed. Combining a rigorous scholarly evaluation of their work and their broadly ideological and ethical contribution to wider post-war developments in British theatre. Peter Billingham offers the reader a unique insight into four companies which, motivated by enthusiasm, principles and creative innovation, sought to take the theatre of conscience to theatre-less communities in wartime Britain and during the following decade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415270281
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Theatre Studies
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Dr Peter Billingham is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Bath Spa University College, Bath, UK. A researcher and award-winning dramatist, he has worked with Cecil Davies on The Adelphi Players: The Theatre of Persons, also available from Routledge Harwood.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgements
List of Plates
1 Introduction 1
2 The Pilgrim Players 27
3 The Adelphi Players and Adelphi Guild Theatre 55
4 The Compass Players 89
5 The Century Theatre 111
6 Conclusion 133
App. A List of Company Contributors from the Pilgrim, Adelphi and Compass Players and the Century Theatre 147
App. B Cecil Davies, the Daily Express, and Conscientious Objectors 149
App. C The Second Company of the Adelphi Players' Summary Syllabus for Work in Schools, Summer 1946 151
App. D The Century Theatre's Venues and Repertoire, 1952-7 155
Bibliography 157
Index 161
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