This book is a collection of essays that cover the related areas of aesthetics and politics, both in the field of theatre and in everyday life. Each contributor illustrates how drama subverts the foundations of the accepted models of perception and how it mediates on its own conventions.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Taboos of the Theatre-production Ambience 3. Beyond Offending the Audience: Violating the Audience Body 4. The Man who went Too Far 5. The Cunts, the Knobs and the Corpse: Obscenity and Horror in Howard Barker's Victory (1983): I wish I could be more offensive I really do. (I.2) Out-fucking-rageous! (Interlude) 6. Gender Politics and Female Characters in Edward Bond's Plays 7. Breaking the Rules: The Plays of Sarah Daniels 8. Steven Berkoff's Orgy: The Four-Letter Ecstasy 9. The Outrageous 80s: Conservative Policies and the Church of England under Fire in Steven Berkoff's Sink the Belgrano and David Hare's The Secret Rapture and Racing Demon 10. Beyond Hope: Howard Brenton's Berlin Bertie: "The new 'democratic' Germany is contaminated before it has even begun." Berlin Bertie, Act III, p.67 11. Confusion is not an Ignoble Condition: Brian Friel's Unconventional Translations as National and Universal Therapy 12. Outrage in Dialogue: A Study of Wole Soyinka's Three Latest Comedies 13. Personal Conflict and Political Concern in Wendy Lill's The Occupation of Heather Rose 14. A Review of After Brecht: British Epic Theater by Janelle Reinelt