- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-6213-1
- Pages: 256
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £16.99
- Published Date: September 2005
- BIC Category: The arts / Theatre studies, Theatre Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Theatre studies, Theatre Studies
'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. It 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.
'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.
1. Introduction: Staging the UK
2. Policy paradigms: Regional, metropolitan and national arts and 'creative industries'
3. Remembering the nations: Site-specific performance, memory and identities'
4. The Edinburgh festivals: Globalisation and democracy'
5. The UK and Europe : Genealogies and futures of performance
6. Bollywood in Britain
7. Re-imagining the imperial metropolis
Jen Harvie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London