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Reverberations across small-scale British theatre: politics, aesthetics and formsDuggan, Patrick; Ukaegbu, Victor (Intellect, 2013-12-31)Between 1960 and 2010, a new generation of British avant-garde theatre companies, directors, designers, and performers emerged. Some of these companies and individuals have endured to become part of theatre history while others have disappeared from the scene, mutated into new forms, or become part of the establishment. Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre at long last puts these small-scale British theatre companies and personalities in the scholarly spotlight. By questioning what 'Britishness' meant in relation to the small-scale work of these practitioners, contributors articulate how it is reflected in the goals, manifestos, and aesthetics of these companies.
Setting the scene: introducing reverberationsDuggan, Patrick; Ukaegbu, Victor (Intellect, 2013-12-31)This chapter reflects on the myriad of cultural, sociopolitical, educational and performance traditions in the United Kingdom from the end of WW2 and the rationale for the types and contexts of practitioners and works researched and interrogated in the volume. From this vast topography the authors debate changes in UK's post-WW2 theatre scene, why some concepts and practices have survived and why some have gone out of business. such a landscape calls for a different reading strategy that is designed to both make sense of the selected pieces of works and companies but which more importantly, extends to how researchers and practitioners might read other works.