The Radical in Performance
Between Brecht and Baudrillard
By Baz Kershaw
Routledge – 1999 – 272 pages
The Radical in Performance investigates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre which, says Kershaw, is largely outdated and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying focused on the period between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Baz Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the revitalisation of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices.
This is a timely, necessary and rigorous book. It will be a compelling read for anyone searching for a critical catalyst for new ways of viewing and practising cultural politics.
'This book is a fascinating and successful attempt to reclaim the political in theatre and performance whilst acknowledging the collapse of the sustaining myths of modernism. It is radical in its scope, ambition and coverage.' - Jonathan Neelands, Research in Drama Education