Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745338514 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745338521 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Scenes from the Revolution

Making Political Theatre 1968-2019

Edited by Kim Wiltshire, Billy Cowan and James Harkar

Scenes from the Revolution

Edited by Kim Wiltshire, Billy Cowan and James Harkar

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745338514 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745338521 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Political theater thrives on turbulence. Transmuting Brexit, Trump, and impending ecological disaster into a potent, dramatic art form, its practitioners hold a mirror up to our society, wielding the power to entertain, shock, and discomfit.
            Scenes from the Revolution is a celebration of fifty years of radical theater in Britain. Beginning with a short history of pre-1968 political theater—covering Brecht, Joan Littlewood, and Ewan McColl—the editors move on to explore agit-prop, working-class, youth, community, POC, women’s, and LGBTQ theater. Comprehensive in scope, and featuring many of the leading voices in the field today, as well as “lost” scripts from the radical theater companies of the past, Scenes from the Revolution is a must-read for anyone interested in politics in the arts.
 
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“Though the book focuses on British political theater, the contributors’ frequent connections to global events and examinations of the overarching relevancy and possibilities of political theater make the book useful for contemporary theater makers, artists, and activists worldwide. Those interested in underground theater will particularly appreciate the excerpts of unpublished and out-of-print plays. . . . Recommended.”
Victor Merriman, Professor of Critical Performance Studies, Edge Hill University
"This is an indispensable archive of resistant performance practice, combining memoir, dramatic and critical writing. Wiltshire, Cowan, and their collaborators confront Project Austerity’s culture of contempt and despair by recovering and asserting British theatre’s history of critical refusal."
Baz Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Warwick
"Believe that 1960s theatre making is dead duck passé? Reader, best start re-thinking. Kim Wiltshire and Billy Cowan forge an original and powerfully mind-bending take across 50 years of radicalised performing. Essential territory for driving future performance toward politicised hope." 
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