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Techniques in Contemporary Documentary Theatre

Verbatim $26.32 ex GST
$28.95 inc GST

Plays which use people's actual words as the basis for their drama are not a new phenomenon. But from the stages of national theatres to fringe venues and universities everywhere, verbatim theatre, as it has come to be known, is currently enjoying unprecedented attention and success. It has also attracted high-profile criticism and impassioned debate.

In these wide-ranging essays and interviews, six leading British dramatists (Alecky Blythe, David Hare, Nicolas Kent, Richard Norton-Taylor, Robin Soans and Max Stafford-Clark) describe their varying approaches to verbatim, examine the strengths and weaknesses of its techniques and explore the reasons for its current popularity. They discuss frankly the unique opportunities and ethical dilemmas that arise when portraying real people on stage, and consider some of the criticisms levelled at this controversial documentary form.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-697-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB