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Contemporary British Drama

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 180
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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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This guide offers a comprehensive account of British theatre from the 1960s to the present day. Placing critical commentary at the heart of its analysis, it explores how theatre critics and scholars have sought to understand...

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This guide offers a comprehensive account of British theatre from the 1960s to the present day. Placing critical commentary at the heart of its analysis, it explores how theatre critics and scholars have sought to understand and write about modern theatre, from the earliest reviews to revivals appearing decades later. With studies of contemporary reviews and archival material, Contemporary British Drama offers readers the opportunity to learn about British theatre in its original context and to chart shifting critical perceptions over the decades. It provides a crucial juxtaposition between the development of British theatre and its contemporaneous critical response, supplying an invaluable insight into the critical climate of recent decades. From feminist playwrighting to In-Yer-Face theatre, this is the ideal companion for undergraduate students of Literature and Theatre in need of an introduction to the debates surrounding contemporary British drama. 

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  • Offers a comprehensive overview of theatre criticism and reviews
  • Examines how reviews can be used to analyse performance reception
  • Includes detailed analysis of 30 contemporary plays
  • Features coverage of new theatre forms, such as live-screening 

Introduction: Some key terms and ideas
1. The Rise of Political Theatre
The Gendering of Political Theatre: Women’s writing and feminist drama
3. In-Yer-Face theatre: The shocking new face of political drama?
4. The ‘new’ political – verbatim theatre and theatre of the ‘real’
5. Global Theatres: Representing Race, Religion and Identity
6. New Theatre Forms – Adapting the Novel and Filming the Stage
Conclusion.

This is a particularly useful resource that offers a nuanced impression of the different forms of contemporary British drama, from feminist and verbatim to musicals and live streaming. The book is written in a very accessible tone that students can engage with in depth. – Marissia Fragkou, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Blending reviews and critical commentary, Rees contextualizes (and then re-contextualizes) canonical and non-canonical works from 1965 onwards, exploring not just texts or productions, but the apparatus of making and shaping critical theatrical conversations. – Victor Holtcamp, Tulane University, USA
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Catherine Rees is Programme Director for Drama at Loughborough University, UK.  She works mainly in the area of Contemporary British and Irish theatre, and has published on the work of, amongst others, Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane and Harold Pinter.  Her main research interests involve analysing nation and gender in theatre texts, as well as exploring postmodern theatre, theatre and trauma and theatre and adaptation.  

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Catherine Rees is Programme Director for Drama at Loughborough University, UK.  She works mainly in the area of Contemporary British and Irish theatre, and has published on the work of, amongst others, Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane and Harold Pinter.  Her main research interests involve analysing nation and gender in theatre texts, as well as exploring postmodern theatre, theatre and trauma and theatre and adaptation.  

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