Taking Stock: The Theatre of Max Stafford-Clark


ISBN: 9781854598400
Author: By Max Stafford-Clark, Philip Roberts
Publication Date: 11/01/2007
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 288pp.
Availability: Available


Inside accounts of the making of some of the most influential theatre productions of the last four decades.

Max Stafford-Clark has been at the cutting edge of theatre in Britain for more than thirty years. Taking Stock draws on diaries, photos and interviews to recreate the evolution of nine of his most famous and influential productions:

Fanshen by David Hare
Epsom Downs by Howard Brenton
Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill
Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar
Serious Money by Caryl Churchill
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
The Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry
Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The result is one of the richest, most intimately informative books on the making of theatre.

‘a rare opportunity to get inside the mind of one of British theatre’s most original practitioners… a fascinating view of an incredibly diverse body of work’
British Theatre Guide

‘a splendid portrait of the vicissitudes of the collective life’
Times Literary Supplement

‘fascinating… By pioneering the workshop method of rehearsal, where actors and director all contribute ideas before sending the playwright off to pen the text, Stafford-Clark made a major innovation in the evolution of British drama… He also tells a good story’

‘a terrific read… an absolute treasure trove of insights, tips, reminiscences and lessons in the ‘process’ of how a new play comes into the world’
Rogues and Vagabonds

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