Caryl Churchill - Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists (Hardback)Mary Luckhurst (author)
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One of Europe's greatest playwrights, Caryl Churchill has been internationally celebrated for four decades. She has exploded the narrow definitions of political theatre to write consistently hard-edged and innovative work. Always unpredictable in her stage experiments, her plays have stretched the relationships between form and content, actor and spectator to their limits.
This new critical introduction to Churchill examines her political agendas, her collaborations with other practitioners, and looks at specific production histories of her plays. Churchill's work continues to have profound resonances with her audiences and this book explores her preoccupation with representing such phenomena as capitalism, genocide, environmental issues, identity, psychiatry and mental illness, parenting, violence and terrorism. It includes new interviews with actors and directors of her work, and gathers together source material from her wide-ranging career.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 197 x 133 mm
"This is the book about Caryl Churchill we've been waiting for. Mary Luckhurst does several things brilliantly. She relates Churchill's plays to the their cultural and political context, shows how their formal experimentation is dictated by ideas and analyzes their performance-history through the words of practitioners. I learned an amazing amount."
- Michael Billington, The Guardian
"This critical examination of some of Churchill's most significant works manages to distinguish itself from the dozens of other works on her. Its particular value lies in Luckhurst's interweaving theatre practitioners' voices (those of actors and directors) into the theoretical and historiographic discourse."
- CHOICE Reviews, K. Tancheva, Cornell University
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