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Social and political theatre in 21st-century Britain: staging crisis

Social and political theatre in 21st-century Britain: staging crisis

Angelaki, Vicky, 1980- author

In a context of financial crisis that has often produced a feeling of identity crisis for the individual, the theatre has provided a unifying forum, treating spectators as citizens. This book critically deals with representative plays and playwrights who have stood out in the UK and internationally in the post-recession era, delivering theatre that in the process of being truthful to the contemporary experience has also redefined theatrical form and content

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Vicky Angelaki
ISBN: 1474213162, 9781474213165
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 266 pages ; 22 cm.
Series: Methuen Drama engage
Subject: Theater audiences Great Britain History 21st century.; Performing Arts.; English drama 21st century History and criticism.; Theater Political aspects Great Britain History 21st century.; Theater and society Great Britain History 21st century.
Series Title: Methuen Drama engage.


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction: Theatres of Crisis
  3. 1. Too Much Information: Caryl Churchill and Post-millennial Angst
  4. 2. Occupy the Audience: Mike Bartlett and the Collectivity of Resistance
  5. 3. Defined by Debt: Dennis Kelly and Capitalist Dependencies
  6. 4. Austerity VS Prosperity: Duncan Macmillan, Nick Payne and the Economy of Emotion
  7. 5. Utopia to Dystopia: Martin Crimp and the Illusion of Insularity
  8. 6. The Darkness within: Simon Stephens and the Depth of Melancholy
  9. 7. Residues of Violence: debbie tucker green and Desolate Urban Landscapes
  10. 8. Trials of Happiness: Lucy Prebble and the Human Experiment
  11. Conclusion
  12. Epilogue
  13. Index

Author note

Vicky Angelaki is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Reading, UK. She has published extensively on modern and contemporary British and European theatre and her research focuses on internationalism, translation, adaptation, philosophy, spectatorial perception, and the politics of experimental performance. Major publications include The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange (2012) and Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground (2013).


In so far as theatre holds up the mirror to our society, this detailed examination of plays from writers concerned with the current crises of individual alienation ... makes the book a timely exercise.
Morning Star||The very premise of the book - that a new theatrical discourse has developed, one that interrogates acts of spectatorship within an ethical frame - is its key strength: exciting, novel and intellectually robust. The topicality of the book is refreshing and very welcome. The commitment to an international perspective, rooted very much in the ambition to pursue and define how shared pre-occupations are articulated through live theatre, is also a positive aspect of this proposal. The book will be the first time many of the plays addressed will feature within a monograph of this substance. Incorporating interviews as a means of consolidating that original survey and analysis, this book promises to be a key text for years to come.
Mark Taylor-Batty, University of Leeds, UK