This book uses original archival material to consider the theatrical and cultural innovations of Joan Littlewood and her company, 'Theatre Workshop'. Littlewood had a huge impact on the way theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century.
Now reissued, Joan Littlewood is the first book to combine:
- an overview of Littlewood's career in relation to the wider social, political and cultural context
- an exploration of Littlewood's theatrical influences, approach to actor's training, belief in the creative ensemble, attitude to text, rehearsal methods and use of improvisation
- a detailed case study of the origins, research, creative process and thinking behind Littlewood's most famous production, Oh What a Lovely War, and an assessment of its impact
- a series of practical exercises designed to capture and illustrate the key approaches Littlewood used in the rehearsal room.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performace Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.
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About the Author
Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick