This book uses original archival material to consider the theatrical and cultural innovations of Joan Littlewood and her company, 'Theatre Workshop'. Littlewood had a huge impact on the way theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century.
Now reissued, Joan Littlewood 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, Routledge Performace Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.
Table of Contents
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
Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick