Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859897488 Published April 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780859897495 Published April 2005 For sale in North and South America only

Freedom's Pioneer

John McGrath's Work in Theatre, Film and Television

Edited by David Bradby and Susanna Capon

Freedom's Pioneer
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Edited by David Bradby and Susanna Capon

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | illustrations | 9-3/5 x 6-2/5
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780859897488 Published April 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780859897495 Published April 2005 For sale in North and South America only
John McGrath's plays are compulsory reading and viewing for students of drama, film and television courses in many university and further education departments, and yet despite recognition of the central importance of McGrath's work, very little has been written about him. This is the first full-length study of his work.
This book illuminates the importance of John McGrath's role in the development of theatre, film and television in the last four decades of the twentieth century. Through play and script-writing, through directing, producing and co-ordinating work, and through his critical, political and philosophical reflections, McGrath exerted a powerful influence over developments and innovations in all three art forms.
 
The contributors include film and television directors, actors, designers, writers, university researchers and journalists, many of whom worked with McGrath. Questions of day-to-day working practice are addressed alongside broader political and aesthetic concerns, and the question of McGrath's relationship to and influence on the arts in Scotland receives careful consideration.
Contents
Foreword by Richard Eyre

Introduction by David Bradby and Susanna Capon – contextualising essay and overview

I. Culture and the Socialist Vision
Maria di Cenzo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario – Theatre, Theory and Politics: The Contribution of John McGrath

II. Early Work
1. Peter Thomson, Exeter University – Get Out and Get On: Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun
2. Ros Merkin, Liverpool John Moore’s University – A Life Outside 7:84 : John McGrath and the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
3. John Bull, Reading University – Serjeant Musgrave Dances to a Different Tune: John McGrath’s Adaptation of John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance
4. Nadine Holdsworth, Warwick University – Finding the Right Places, Finding the Right Audiences: Topicality in the Work of 7:84 England
 
III. John McGrath and Scotland
1. Randall Stevenson, Edinburgh University – Border Warranty: John McGrath and Scotland
2. Ian Brown, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – Celtic Centres, the Fringes and John McGrath
3. Ian Brown, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – ‘Bursting through the hoop and dancing on the edge of the seediness’: Five Scottish playwrights talk about John McGrath
 
IV. Case Studies
1. Robin Nelson, Manchester Metropolitan University – The Television Adaptation of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
2. Stephen Lacey, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBlood Red Roses: John McGrath and Luckacsian Realism
3. Robert Dawson Scott, Journalist – A Good Night In: The Long Roads
4. Olga Taxidou, Edinburgh University – Three One-Woman Epics: The Political Performer
 
V. Working with John
1. Interview with Pamela Howard
2. Interview with Bill Paterson
3. Interview with Troy Kennedy Martin
4. Interview with Jack Gold
5. Interview with Jenny Tiramani
6. Interview with John Bett
7. Interview with Elizabeth MacLennan 
 
VI. Politics and creativity
Baz Kershaw, Bristol University – Biopoligraphy:  a life of radical practices
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