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At the Sharp End: Uncovering the Work of Five Contemporary Dramatists (Methuen Drama)by Peter Billingham
Synopses & Reviews
What value does theatre have in Britain at the beginning of the twenty-first century? How has theatre responded to the challenge of remaining relevant in the media-saturated world of today? These are the questions that underpin this stimulating study of some of the leading dramatists of contemporary British theatre.
At the Sharp End sets the scene examining how the forces that created a revolution in theatre fifty years ago have been replaced by a new wave of political and social issues. It goes on to explore the ways in which five key writers have sought to reflect and wrestle with the changing character of modern Britain.
The work of David Edgar, David Greig, Mark Ravenhill, Tanika Gupta and Tim Etchells' company Forced Entertainment is considered, with recent plays examined in detail, an interview with each writer; and suggestions of other writers and plays for reading and comparison.
At the Sharp End provides the perfect companion for anyone wanting to understand the changing face of contemporary drama and the writers whose work is making an impact on our stages today.
Book News Annotation:
What is the purpose of British drama today? Billingham (drama and performance, U. of Portsmouth, UK) explores this question through extended conversations with five contemporary British playwrights and adds accompanying critical essays. The interviewees were chosen for their engagement with key issues of British theater and in order to include alternative perspectives of sexuality and gender, race and multiculturalism, left and post-modern/post-Marxist politics, new national identities, and new aesthetics and genre. The writers included are David Edgar, David Greig, Mark Ravenhill, Tim Etchells, and Tanika Gupta. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
It is the ideal companion for anyone studying or wanting to understand contemporary drama.
At the Sharp End is a critical examination of five leading dramatists who have made an indelible mark on today's theater. Peter Billingham introduces the work of David Edgar, Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Tanika Gupta, and Tim Etchells.
About the Author
Dr Peter Billingham is Reader in Drama and Performance at the University of Portsmouth.
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