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By Nadine Holdsworth

The simply e-book at the moment to be had on Joan Littlewood and her corporation, 'Theatre Workshop', this booklet explores the history to, and the paintings of an important impact on 20th- and twenty-first-century performance.

Part of the winning Routledge functionality Practitioners sequence, this ebook makes use of unique archival fabric to discover Joan Littlewood – a theatrical and cultural innovator whose contributions to theatre made a big impact at the manner theatre used to be generated, rehearsed and provided in the course of the 20th century.

This is the 1st e-book to combine:

  • an review of Littlewood's occupation relating to the broader social, political and cultural context
  • an exploration of Littlewood's theatrical impacts, method of actor's education, trust within the inventive ensemble, perspective to textual content, practice session equipment and use of improvisation
  • a targeted case learn of the origins, examine, inventive technique and considering at the back of Littlewood's most renowned creation, Oh What a beautiful War, and an evaluate of its impact
  • a sequence of functional routines designed to seize and illustrate the major techniques Littlewood utilized in the practice session room.

As a primary step in the direction of serious figuring out, and as an preliminary exploration prior to occurring to additional, fundamental learn, Joan Littlewood is unbeatable worth for state-of-the-art pupil.

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The work seemed frivolous in comparison with the burgeoning alternative theatre movement that attempted to attract non-theatre going audiences with a progressive approach to subject matter and performance strategies. Ironically, this movement drew on Theatre of Action’s agit-prop and Theatre Workshop’s creative approach in its attempt to revolutionise theatrical process and product, but, in the light of this new aesthetic and political radicalism, Theatre Workshop appeared populist, commercial, and even reactionary.

4 You Won’t Always Be On Top (1957). 5 You Won’t Always Be On Top (1957). Courtesy of Theatre Royal Stratford East Archives Collection 30 BIOGRAPHY every night, which resulted in a high profile court case as Raffles, Littlewood, Bury, Chapman, and the actor Richard Harris faced prosecution by the Lord Chamberlain for presenting unauthorised material. The whole incident achieved masses of publicity as it became central to a wider debate on and campaign against censorship in British theatre. For Littlewood, the case further secured her reputation as a maverick unafraid to confront head-on British theatre practice and received modes of working.

Adopting an episodic structure and a fluid approach to time and space, the play depicts Robert Hanau, a political prisoner who has been in solitary confinement for three years and suffered abuse at the hands of his captors and the prison doctor to the point that he slips between consciousness and delirium. Whilst not as overtly topical or political as earlier work, all the prisoners declared insane have attempted to disrupt the status quo: a woman who refuses to bear children in a war-obsessed society and a labourer who commits himself to the class war, for example.

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