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PUBLISHER:

Manchester University Press
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9780719062124
RRP: £50.00
PAGES: 256
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 2005

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Staging the UK

By (author) Jen Harvie

Staging the UK examines some of the most important performance in Britain from the mid-1980s into the new millennium. In a timely new critical approach, it considers contemporary British theatre in relation to national and supranational identities, critical concepts like globalisation and diaspora, and contemporary contexts such as the election of New Labour, devolution and European unification. Staging the UK takes a de-centred materialist approach. It looks at theatre in a range of institutions, practices and forms such as play texts, musicals, festivals, installation art, site-specific and physical theatre. It examines events such as the Edinburgh festivals, and significant companies, including the Scottish National Theatre, Brith Gof, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Complicite, Tamasha Theatre Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Artangel, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. This book makes a significant contribution to the study of contemporary theatre by elucidating the relationships between performance, cultural identities and cultural power, and will be an invaluable textbook for courses on British theatre and culture.

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