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I am a playwright. I show
What I have seen.
In the man markets
I have seen how men are traded. That
I show, I, the playwright.

Bertolt Brecht

Mark Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 07 June 2016 21:02

Theatre and Politics: Book Review

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Gordon Parsons reviews Joe Kelleher's book on theatre and politics. W. H. Auden’s insisted that all his poetry put together had not saved a single Jew, and claimed that poetry makes nothing happen. This was certainly not a view shared by Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War who seized…
Stowaway
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 12 May 2016 17:51

Stowaway

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Paul Foley reviews a modern tragedy that feels like the best political theatre. This month Home celebrates its first birthday as Manchester's vibrant cultural hub for new and innovative art, theatre and film. In the past year it has brought many weird and wonderful events to the city. Some have been…
The Balcony Scene
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:40

Making Sense of Shakespeare

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In Part Two of his series, Professor Gabriel Egan considers how the sense of words and phrases shifts across time and cultures, and how we can still have a meanigful conversation with Shakespeare. Do we really understand Shakespeare the way his contemporaries did? There are plenty of opportunities for the…
Why bother with Shakespeare?
Friday, 01 April 2016 10:45

Why bother with Shakespeare?

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This month marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Professor Gabriel Egan, in the first of a series of articles, discusses how his dramas imagine and enact different political choices. William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, at the age of 52. In those 52 years he wrote poems and plays that…
Banner Theatre: Building Communities of Dramatic Resistance
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 20:24

Banner Theatre: Building Communities of Dramatic Resistance

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This article, covering the history, politics and practice of Britain's foremost poitical theatre company, is a collective work-in-progress by members of the company. Banner Theatre is a socialist theatre company based in Birmingham. Formed in 1973, from a disparate collection of folk singers, drama teachers, office workers, broadcasters, technicians and…
Julie Hesmondhalgh in Wit
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 21:19

Souls unbodied, bodies unclothed

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Graham Caveney reviews a life-enhancing drama about death, Donne and dignity, and which critiques the medical-political marginalisation of cancer patients.  Dr Vivian Bearing, the lead character of this remarkable play, is dying. She tells us this within the first few minutes of appearing on stage, dressed in her hospital gown…