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Arguments for a Theatre - Howard Barker

Arguments for a Theatre

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Howard Barker, author of over thirty plays, has long been an implacable foe of the liberal British establishment, and champion of radical theatre world-wide. His best-known plays include T"he Castle, Scenes from an Execution "and" The Possibilities." All of his plays are emotionally highly charged, intellectually stimulating and far removed from the theatrical conventions of what he terms 'the Establishment Theatre'. These fragments, essays, thoughts and poems on the nature of theatre likewise reject the constraints of 'objective' academic theatre criticism. They explore the collision (and collusion) of intellect and artistry in the creative act. This book is more than a collection of essays: it is a cultural manifesto for Barker's own 'Theatre of Catastrophe'.

Prefacep. 9
Plays by Howard Barkerp. 11
Poetry by Howard Barkerp. 13
Forty nine asides for a tragic theatrep. 17
Ye gotta laughp. 20
Conversation with a dead poetp. 25
On language in dramap. 29
Radical elitism in the theatrep. 32
Notes to The Bite of the Nightp. 38
Prologues to The Bite of the Nightp. 40
Honouring the audiencep. 45
The politics beyond the politicsp. 48
The consolations of catastrophep. 51
Beauty and terror in the Theatre of Catastrophep. 55
Juha Malmivaara's Scenes from an Executionp. 61
On Nigel Terry's performance of Savage, in The Bite of the Nightp. 63
On watching a performance by life prisonersp. 65
The offer, the reward, and the need to disappointp. 67
The audience, the soul, and the stagep. 69
The humanist theatre/The catastrophic theatrep. 71
Theatre without a consciencep. 72
The deconsecration of meaning in the Theatre of Catastrophep. 79
The cult of accessibility and the Theatre of Obscurityp. 85
A bargain with impossibility: the theatre of moral speculation in an age of accordp. 91
Recognition as aesthetic paralysis in theatrep. 109
The theatre lies under a shroudp. 112
The state of loss as the end of a dramatic performancep. 116
Two Bradshawsp. 117
The idea of promiscuity in the Theatre of Catastrophep. 119
On the sickness of the audiencep. 124
Eleven building bricksp. 126
Stages in the education of an audiencep. 128
Relations between an affronted audience and the actorp. 129
The anatomy of a sobp. 130
The development of a theory of beauty for the stagep. 132
Toward a theory of productionp. 133
Barely concealed irritation - a critical encounterp. 135
On plethorap. 139
Goya's grinp. 141
Ignorance and instinct in the Theatre of Catastrophep. 144
Why I am no playwrightp. 149
Murders and conversations: the classic text and a contemporary writerp. 153
What's new ...?p. 158
Dog on stagep. 160
The glass confessional: the theatre in hyper-democratic societyp. 161
Disputing Vanyap. 168
Love in the museum: the modern author and the antique textp. 171
Creating a deathp. 179
The house of infection: theatre in the age of social hygienep. 182
The Play of Seven Daysp. 190
A Dialogue with David Ian Rabeyp. 193
A conversation with Charles Lambp. 207
Afterwordp. 223
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ISBN: 9780719052491
ISBN-10: 0719052491
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th October 1997
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised