Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Author: Andrea Dunbar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350061476

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 6024

Do you think it would be better if you and me got ourselves steady boyfriends? Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control. Andrea Dunbar's semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure. Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, this new edition of Rita Sue and Bob Too was published to coincide with director Max Stafford-Clark's major new production produced by Out of Joint, Bolton Octagon and the Royal Court Theatre.

Political Theatre in Post-Thatcher Britain

New Writing, 1995-2005

Author: A. Kritzer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230582222

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

View: 4793

The 'in-yer-face' plays of the mid-1990s announced a new generation shaped by Thatcherism and defined by antipathy to social ideals and political involvement. They have generated thoughtful and lively responses from playwrights. The resulting dialogue has brought politics to the forefront of British drama and reinvigorated British theatre.

Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009

Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

Author: Dan Rebellato

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408129582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 6280

Essential for students of theatre studies, Methuen Drama's Decades of Modern British Playwriting series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1950s to 2009 in six volumes. Each volume features a critical analysis and reevaluation of the work of four/five key playwrights from that decade authored by a team of experts, together with an extensive commentary on the period . Edited by Dan Rebellato, Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009 provides an authoritative and stimulating reassessment of the theatre of the decade, together with a detailed study of the work of David Greig (Nadine Holdsworth), Simon Stephens (Jacqueline Bolton), Tim Crouch (Dan Rebellato), Roy Williams (Michael Pearce) and Debbie Tucker Green (Lynette Goddard). The volume sets the context by providing a chronological survey of the decade, one marked by the War on Terror, the excesses of economic globalization and the digital revolution. In surveying the theatrical activity and climate, Andrew Haydon explores the response to the political events, the rise of verbatim theatre, the increasing experimentation and the effect of both the Boyden Report and changes in the Arts Council's priorities. Five scholars provide detailed examinations of the playwrights' work during the decade, combining an analysis of their plays with a study of other material such as early play drafts and the critical receptions of the time. Interviews with each playwright further illuminate this stimulating final volume in the Decades of Modern British Playwriting series.

The Well Read Play

Author: Stephen Unwin

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 184943378X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 132

View: 4561

Using examples from plays and playwrights the reader has most likely encountered, The Well Read Play is structured to teach the reader how to identify context, structure, significance, and character. Its principle aim is to help the reader develop abilities to understand and enjoy reading plays.

Played in Britain

Modern Theatre in 100 Plays

Author: Kate Dorney,Frances Gray

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408164809

Category: Drama

Page: 223

View: 8044

Published in collaboration with the V&A, Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays explores the best and most influential plays from 1945 to date. Fully illustrated with photos from the V&A's collections, the book includes essays, review excerpts, plot summaries, extracts and insight into stage and costume designs.

The Cambridge Companion to David Hare

Author: Richard Boon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139827614

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

View: 4396

David Hare is one of the most important playwrights to have emerged in the UK in the last forty years. This volume examines his stage plays, television plays and cinematic films, and is the first book of its kind to offer such comprehensive and up-to-date critical treatment. Contributions from leading academics in the study of modern British theatre sit alongside those from practitioners who have worked closely with Hare throughout his career, including former Director of the National Theatre Sir Richard Eyre. Uniquely, the volume also includes a chapter on Hare's work as journalist and public speaker; a personal memoir by Tony Bicât, co-founder with Hare of the enormously influential Portable Theatre; and an interview with Hare himself in which he offers a personal retrospective of his career as a film maker which is his fullest and clearest account of that work to date.

Verbatim Verbatim

Contemporary Documentary Theatre

Author: Will Hammond,Dan Steward

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781840026979

Category: Drama

Page: 174

View: 8411

Leading practitioners write polemically about the techniques, intentions, and ethics of documentary theater.

Modern Dance for Beginners

Author: Sarah Phelps

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781840023435

Category: Drama

Page: 70

View: 833

Owen consummates his marriage but not with the bride. Julia's handyman won't do the job he's paid for. Russell might be the grandmaster of the squalid, meaningless one-night stand, but all he wants to do is hold hands on the London Eye. And Frances...Frances isn't looking for commitment. Now now, not ever. A series of encounters linked by a liaison in a hotel bedroom, Modern Dance for Beginners is a cruelly comic play about love and sex.

Killing Kennedy

Das Ende des amerikanischen Traums

Author: O'Reilly Bill,Martin Dugard

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426419874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 3640

Dallas, 22. November 1963 – 12:30 Uhr: Lee Harvey Oswald späht durch das Zielfernrohr seines Gewehrs. John F. Kennedys Kopf erscheint kaum einen Meter entfernt. Oswald weiß, dass er kaum Zeit haben wird. Zwei Schüsse wird er sicher abgeben können – drei, wenn er wirklich schnell ist. Sein Ziel klar vor Augen, atmet er aus und drückt den Abzug. Der erste Schuss trifft den Präsidenten im Nacken. Kennedy sackt leicht zusammen, sein Rückenkorsett, das er wegen seiner Kriegsverletzung dauernd tragen muss, hält ihn aber aufrecht. Beunruhigt wendet Jackie sich ihrem Mann zu. Sie greift nach seiner Schulter und schaut ihm ins Gesicht, um zu sehen, was los ist. Kaum fünf Sekunden sind seit dem ersten Schuss vergangen, da schlägt die zweite Kugel in Kennedys Hinterkopf ein und reißt eine klaffende Wunde. Reflexartig fährt seine Hand hoch zur Stirn, doch ein großer Teil der Schädeldecke ist weggeschleudert worden.


UK Design for Performance 2003-2007

Author: Kate Burnett

Publisher: N.A


Category: Costume

Page: 228

View: 2193

Published to accompany the Collaborators exhibition, the catalogue of Design for Performance is a celebration of the richness and diversity of work made between 2003 - 2007 by designers born or based in the UK. Opera, dance, drama, performance/installations and the design of theatre space are included here and accompanied by five essays written by, or from interviews with, notable British designers in which they reflect on their own collaborative process.

Social Housing in Performance

The English Council Estate on and off Stage

Author: Katie Beswick

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781474285216

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 1875

This book explores the ways that council estates have been represented in England across a range of performance forms. Drawing on examples from mainstream, site-specific and resident-led performance works, including work by Conrad Murray, Jordan McKenzie, Fugitive Images, Andrea Dunbar and The National Youth Theatre, it considers the political potential of contemporary performance practices concerned with the council estate. Depictions of the council estate are brought into dialogue with global representations of what Chris Richardson and Hans Skott-Myhre call the 'hood', to tease out the specific features of the British context and situate the work globally. Katie Beswick's study provides a timely contribution to the ongoing national and global interest in social housing. As the housing market grows ever more insecure, and estates are charged with political rhetoric, theatre and socially engaged art set or taking place on estates takes on a new potency. Mainstream theatre works examined include Rita, Sue and Bob Too and A State Affair at the Royal Court, Port at the National Theatre, and Denmarked at the Battersea Arts Centre. The National Youth Theatre's Slick and Roger Hiorns' Seizure as well as community-based and resident led performances by Fourthland, Jordan McKenzie, Fugitive Images and Jane English.

Schnee in Amsterdam


Author: Bernard MacLaverty

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406727018

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9915

Ein älteres Ehepaar aus Glasgow, Gerry und Stella Gilmore, fliegt für ein verlängertes Wochenende nach Amsterdam. Die kleine Reise soll die beiden aufmuntern, sie wollen die Stadt erkunden und etwas für ihre Ehe tun. Sie lieben sich noch, man kennt einander samt allen kleinen Fehlern – aber in den vier Tagen treten tiefe Risse in ihrer Beziehung zutage. Und es wird klar, dass Stella einen ganz eigenen Plan verfolgt. Dieser Plan hängt mit einem der bezauberndsten Orte in Amsterdam zusammen, dem Beginenhof, und mit einem Gelübde, das Stella einst getan hat. Gerry dagegen, ehemaliger Architekt, hat weitgehend abgeschlossen mit seinem Leben, in dem der Alkohol eine zu große Rolle spielt. Während ihrer Reise drängt allmählich ein Ereignis aus ihrer gemeinsamen Vergangenheit in Belfast, Nordirland, immer stärker an die Oberfläche, etwas, das ihr ganzes Leben geprägt hat. Am Ende der Reise zeigt sich, wie tief der Graben zwischen ihnen wirklich ist. Ein dichter, bewegender und aufwühlender Roman voller Lebensklugheit, Komik und Tragik.

Verdammt in alle Ewigkeit


Author: James Jones

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104036683

Category: Fiction

Page: 960

View: 5250

Ein weltberühmter Klassiker der amerikanischen Nachkriegsliteratur, der seinen Siegeszug um die Welt antrat und kurz nach Erscheinen verfilmt wurde. Erzählt wird die Geschichte des einfachen amerikanischen Soldaten Priwitt, der mit seiner Kompanie auf Hawaii stationiert ist. Weil er glaubt, auch als Soldat ein Anrecht auf eine menschliche Behandlung zu haben, beginnt eine erbitterte Auseinandersetzung zwischen ihm und seinem Vorgesetzten. ›Verdammt in alle Ewigkeit‹ zeichnet ein schonungsloses Porträt der amerikanischen Armee auf Hawaii kurz vor der Katastrophe. Mit dem Fall japanischer Bomben auf Pearl Harbor tritt Amerika in den Zweiten Weltkrieg ein.

Femenine Focus

The New Women Playwrights

Author: Enah Brater

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

View: 9179

This collection of sixteen essays by leading theater critics offers a fresh and exciting look at modern drama as it is being written by women today. Combining a variety of critical approaches, Brater situates the new women playwrights at the center of a continuing debate about what constitutes power, privilege, and current stage practice. His symposium examines the work of Caryl Churchill, Rochelle Owens, Ariane Mnouchkine, Marsha Norman, Simone Benmussa, Tina Howe, Sarah Daniels, Maria Irene Fornes, Pam Gems, and Ntozake Shange, as well as theater collectives of the 1970s and 1980's, to provide a diverse look at the tension between theoretical matters and questions of dramatic style, performance, and enactment. A mixture of historical, thematic, structural, psychoanalytic, and feminist readings, this collection sharpens our definition of what value and vision mean in contemporary theater.

Mein Name ist Leon

Author: Kit de Waal

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644552118

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3895

Leon ist neun und ziemlich dunkelhäutig, sein Halbbruder Jake dagegen ganz blond und erst sechs Monate alt. Als ihre Mutter Sandra mal wieder richtig Pech mit einem Kerl hat, bleibt sie einfach im Bett liegen. Und Leon muss sich um Jake kümmern, ihn wickeln, etwas zu Essen besorgen. Das fliegt natürlich irgendwann auf, das Sozialamt schaltet sich ein. Es bringt die beiden Jungs erst einmal bei Pflegemutter Maureen unter: übergewichtig, rothaarig, etwas nah am Wasser gebaut - man muss sie schon ein bisschen kennenlernen, um zu merken, was für ein riesengroßes Herz Maureen hat. Bald findet sich auch eine richtige Adoptivfamilie. Allerdings nur für Jake, denn der ist ja klein und blond. Leon weiß nicht mehr ein und aus vor Schmerz. Und er fasst einen Plan. Einen gefährlichen Plan, in diesem heißen Londoner Sommer 1981 ...