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Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre

Politics, Aesthetics and Forms

Between 1960 and 2010, a new generation of British avant-garde theater companies, directors, designers, and performers emerged. Some of these companies and individuals have endured to become part of theater history while others have disappeared from the scene, mutated into new forms, or become part of the establishment. Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre at long last puts these small-scale British theater companies and personalities in the scholarly spotlight. By questioning what “Britishness” meant in relation to the small-scale work of these practitioners, contributors articulate how it is reflected in the goals, manifestos, and aesthetics of these companies. 

250 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents


Setting the Scene: Introducing Reverberations

Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu

Chapter 1: Foco Novo: The Icarus of British Small-Scale Touring Theatre

Graham Saunders

Chapter 2: Insider Knowledge: The Evolution of Belfast’s Tinderbox Theatre Company

David Grant

Chapter 3: Volcano: A Post-Punk Physical Theatre

Gareth Somers

Chapter 4: Tiata Fahodzi: Second-Generation Africans in British Theatre

Ekua Ekumah

Chapter 5: Keeping It Together: Talawa Theatre Company, Britishness, Aesthetics of Scale and Mainstreaming the Black-British Experience

Kene Igweonu

Chapter 6: Agitation and Entertainment: Rod Dixon and Red Ladder Theatre Company

Tony Gardner

Chapter 7: Intercultural to Cross-Cultural Theatre: Tara Arts and the Development of British Asian Theatre

Victor Ukaegbu

Chapter 8: Kind Acts: Lone Twin Theatre

Eirini Kartsaki

Chapter 9: Political Theatre ‘without Finger-Wagging’: On the Paper Birds and Integrative Aesthetics

Patrick Duggan

Chapter 10: ‘Angels and Modern Myth’: Grid Iron and the New Scottish Theatre

Trish Reid

Chapter 11: Acts of Poiesis: salamanda tandem

Mick Wallis and Isabel Jones


Franc Chamberlain

Notes on Contributors


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