Joan Littlewood (Routledge Performance Practitioners)

Joan Littlewood (Routledge Performance Practitioners)

By: Nadine Holdsworth (author)Paperback

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The only book currently available on Joan Littlewood and her company, 'Theatre Workshop', this book explores the background to, and the work of a major influence on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. Part of the successful Routledge Performance Practitioners series, this book uses original archival material to explore Joan Littlewood - a theatrical and cultural innovator whose contributions to theatre made a huge impact on the way theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century. This is the first book to combine: * an overview of Littlewood's career in relation to the wider social, political and cultural context * an exploration of Littlewood's theatrical influences, approach to actor's training, belief in the creative ensemble, attitude to text, rehearsal methods and use of improvisation * a detailed case study of the origins, research, creative process and thinking behind Littlewood's most famous production, Oh What a Lovely War, and an assessment of its impact * a series of practical exercises designed to capture and illustrate the key approaches Littlewood used in the rehearsal room. As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Joan Littlewood is unbeatable value for today's student.

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List of Figures. Acknowledgements 1. Biography in Political Social and Artistic Context 2. Joan Littlewood's Working Method 3. Description and Analysis of Oh What a Lovely War 4. Practical Exercises. Name Glossary. Bibliography. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/05/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780415338875
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780415338875
  • weight: 181
  • ISBN10: 0415338875

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