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Playing For Time: Stories of Lost Children, Ghosts and the Endangered Present in Contemporary Theatre

Geraldine Cousin

Abstract

This book explores connections between theatre time, the historical moment, and fictional time. It argues that a crucial characteristic of contemporary British theatre is its preoccupation with instability and danger, and traces images of catastrophe and loss in a wide range of recent plays and productions. The diversity of the texts that are examined is a major strength of the book. In addition to plays by contemporary dramatists, the book analyses staged adaptations of novels, and productions of plays by Euripides, Strindberg and Priestley. A key focus is Stephen Daldry's award-winning reviv ... More

Keywords: theatre time, historical moment, fictional time, Beslan massacre, Hecuba, Soham murders, An Inspector Calls, Far Away, lost children, Frozen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719061974
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geraldine Cousin, author