Author: Mary Luckhurst
View: 1281One of Europe's greatest playwrights, Caryl Churchill has been internationally celebrated for four decades. She has exploded the narrow definitions of political theatre to write consistently hard-edged and innovative work. Always unpredictable in her stage experiments, her plays have stretched the relationships between form and content, actor and spectator to their limits. This new critical introduction to Churchill examines her political agendas, her collaborations with other practitioners, and looks at specific production histories of her plays. Churchill's work continues to have profound resonances with her audiences and this book explores her preoccupation with representing such phenomena as capitalism, genocide, environmental issues, identity, psychiatry and mental illness, parenting, violence and terrorism. It includes new interviews with actors and directors of her work, and gathers together source material from her wide-ranging career.
Author: Caryl Churchill
View: 6612In a broken world, two girls meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shapeshifter and death portent. She can be an old woman, a child, a young man. She is a faerie come from the Underworld to pursue and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own. The Skriker was originally produced at the National Theatre, London, in 1994. It was revived at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2015, as part of the Manchester International Festival, starring Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom and featuring specially commissioned music by Nico Muhly and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. The Skriker is also available in the volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Three.
Author: William S. Haney
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
Category: PERFORMING ARTS
View: 2267Different symbolic traditions have different ways of describing the shift of awareness toward sacred events. While not conforming to familiar states of phenomenality, this shift of awareness corresponds to Turner's liminal phase, Artaud's metaphysical embodiment, Grotowski's "translumination," Brook's "holy theater," and Barba's "transcendent" theater all of which are linked to the Advaitan taste of a void of conceptions. This book argues that, by allowing to come what Derrida calls the unsayable, the theater of Tom Stoppard, David Henry Hwang, Caryl Churchill, Sam Shepard, Derek Walcott and Girish Karnad induces characters and spectators to deconstruct habitual patterns of perception, attenuate the content of consciousness, and taste the void of conceptions. As the nine plays discussed in this book suggest, the internal observer lies behind all cultural constructs as a silent beyond-ness, and immanently within knowledge as its generative condition of unknowingness. The unsayable (and the language used to convey it) that Derrida finds in literature has clear affinities with the Brahman-Atman of Advaita Vedanta. Derridean deconstruction contains as a subtext the structure of consciousness that it both veils with the undecidable trappings of the mind and allows to come as an unsayable secret through a play of difference. Although Derrida views theater and the text as mutually deconstructing and claims that presence or unity "has always already begun to represent itself," the six playwrights discussed here show that cultural performance indeed points through its universally ambiguous and symbolic types toward a trans-verbal, trans-cultural wholeness.
Author: Marion Sader
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Inc
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 868Contains annotated bibliographies of reference books relating to British and American literature, as well as social sciences, history, philosophy, world religions, science technology, and medicine
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
View: 5600Shahid, Sohn pakistanischer Immigranten, zieht zum Literaturstudium aus der Provinz nach London. Durch seine Dozentin Deedee Osgood, mit der er eine leidenschaftliche Affäre beginnt, lernt er die angesagten Clubs von London kennen, in denen jedoch stets alle außer ihm Weiße sind. Gleichzeitig schließt er Bekanntschaft mit Riaz, seinem charismatischen Nachbarn im Studentenheim, einem streng gläubigen Moslem, durch den er in den Bann einer Gruppe junger Fundamentalisten gezogen wird. Shahid gerät in den Konflikt zwischen zwei Welten und muss eine Entscheidung fällen.