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British Realist Theatre : The New Wave in its Context 1956 - 1965 - Stephen Lacey

British Realist Theatre

The New Wave in its Context 1956 - 1965


Published: 7th September 1995
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The period of 1956-1965 was a defining moment in post-war British theatre history, in which new possibilities arose for a contemporary and engaged drama. Drawing on a range of sources, Stephen Lacey argues that the new theatre should be seen in relation to other developments in post-war culture and politics, including social science, the novel and cinema.
The new theatre was regarded as a realist theatre, dramatising the social experience of a working-class under threat from the new prosperity. However, despite the currency of the term, 'realism' in the period is imperfectly understood and often crudely applied. Arguing that realism is both a tradition of representation and a critical prespective, Lacey examines the connection between particular plays and productions, and the assumptions about theatrical form and oppositional politics that shaped the way that this theatre was valued by its contemporaries.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Representing Contemporary Britainp. 9
Institutions and Audiencesp. 40
Realism, Class and Culturep. 63
'beyond Naturalism Pure'p. 98
Redefining Realismp. 124
The Two New Wavesp. 163
In Conclusionp. 190
Bibliographyp. 192
Indexp. 202
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ISBN: 9780415077828
ISBN-10: 0415077826
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 7th September 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1