Howard Barker's alter-ego Eduardo Houth first materialised as the photographer of publicity images for Barker's theatre company. The Wrestling School, one among many fictional identities assumed by him to screen a range of his activities, including set and costume design. Writing of himself in the third person and in the historic tense, Barker/Houth achieves a fluency and an uncommon measure of objectivity, though objectivity is scarcely part of the intention. The result is a unique exercise in self-description, partisan but without the shrill self-justification so common in authentic autobiography. Barker/Houth's "A Style and Its Origins" is a literary creation, as befits its authorial origins; it is also a document of total originality and a rich source of dramatic and aesthetic history.
Howard Barker is an internationally renowned dramatist, whose first plays were performed at Royal Court Theatre and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since 1992 his work has been presented by his own company The Wrestling School. Barker is also a poet and theorist of theatre, whose 'Theatre of Catastrophe' defines a new form of tragedy for our times.
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