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A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama

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DatePublished - 25 Feb 2008
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9781118492130, 9781405130530


This companion was researched and created in response to an identified need for a volume addressing the complex diversifications of theatre and performance practices in Britain and Ireland since the 1960s. It emerged as a separate project from Luckhurst's standard edition of the 'Blackwell's Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880-2005' (2006). Unusually, this companion considers contemporary Irish practices to be in dialogue with British theatre (historically Irish theatre has been treated as a separate entity). Specific case studies are framed by particular cultural, performative and institutional contexts and address the complex proliferation of interdisciplinary practices, for example: the battle between traditional literary heritages and the entry of physical theatre into the mainstream, the changing power relationships between regional and metropolitan arts landscapes, the growing popularity of site-specific events versus the old-style architectural dominance of the proscenium arch, the advent of virtual and multimedia practices , and the evolution of verbatim practices into mainstream political theatre. These issues are, in turn, framed by the cataclysmic changes that have comer about since 1989 and the collapse of communist regimes. Currently, the volume remains the only book to negotiate the dialogue between the broader cultural and more specific frames, and the only work to allow for comparison and contrast between practices in wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - hence its paperback publication in 2013. Luckhurst's essay on verbatim was the first to raise questions about the ethics of process (writing, acting and directing) and to trace the historical configurations or the origins of contemporary verbatim as a community art form in the 1960s. Her essay continues to be the springboard for what is now a discrete academic discipline of verbatim theatre.

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