Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

Staging the Past in the Age of Thatcher

"The History We Haven't Had"

Authors: Pennino, Anthony P.

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  • Analyzes significant works by such writers as Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Howard Barker, Tom Stoppard, and Edward Bond
  • ​Covers a variety of disciplines including literature, theatre, performance studies, cultural studies, British studies and Shakespeare studies
  • Offers a passionate argument as to why theatre is a critical component for a society to understand itself
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This book investigates how the British theatrical community offered an alternative and oppositional historical narrative to the heritage culture promulgated by the Thatcher and Major Governments in the 1980s and early 1990s. It details the challenges the theatre faced, especially reductions in government funding, and examines seminal playwrights of the period – including but not limited to Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton, Sarah Daniels, David Edgar, and Brian Friel – who dramatized a more inclusive vision of history that gave voice to traditionally marginalized communities. It employs James Baldwin’s concept of witnessing as the means by which history could be deployed to articulate an alternative and emergent political narrative: “the history we haven’t had”. This book will appeal to students and scholars of theatre and cultural studies as well as theatre practitioners and enthusiasts.

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Anthony P. Pennino teaches literature, theatre, and cinema at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. He works primarily on post-war American, British, and Irish playwrights, and has published on August Wilson and William Shakespeare. He is especially interested in political theatre as well as contemporary performance and adaptation of Shakespeare’s canon.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Staging the Past in the Age of Thatcher
Book Subtitle
"The History We Haven't Had"
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96686-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96686-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96685-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 251
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