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By Geraldine Cousin

taking part in for time explores connections among theatre time, the historic second and fictional time. Geraldine Cousin persuasively argues an important attribute of up to date British theatre is its preoccupation with instability and chance, and strains pictures of disaster and loss in quite a lot of fresh performs and productions. the variety of the texts which are tested is an important power of the ebook. as well as performs by way of modern dramatists, Cousin analyses staged diversifications of novels, and productions of performs via Euripides, Strindberg and Priestley. A key concentration is Stephen Daldry’s award-winning revival of Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, that is mentioned in relation either to different Priestley ‘time’ performs and to Caryl Churchill’s apocalyptic far-off. misplaced young ones are a routine motif: Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, for instance, is explored within the context of the Soham murders (which happened whereas the play used to be in creation on the nationwide Theatre), when 3 nearly simultaneous productions of Euripides’ Hecuba are interpreted in regards to the Beslan bloodbath of schoolchildren.

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