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Theatre of Conscience 1939-53

A Study of Four Touring British Community Theatres

Edited by PETER BILLINGHAM

Routledge – 2001 – 184 pages

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Description

Theatres of Conscience offers an invaluable and essential insight into four touring British theatre companies whose work and contributions to post-war British theatre have largely gone unnoticed. Combining a rigorous scholarly evaluation of their work and their broadly ideological and ethical contribution to wider post-war developments in British theatre. Peter Billingham offers the reader a unique insight into four companies which, motivated by enthusiasm, principles and creative innovation, sought to take the theatre of conscience to theatre-less communities in wartime Britain and during the following decade. Contemporaries of - amongst others - Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, the Pilgrim Players, the Adelphi Players, the Compass Players and the Century Theatre represent a significant but rather overlooked phase in the development of twentieth-century British theatre.

Author Bio

Dr Peter Billingham is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Bath Spa University College, Bath, UK. A researcher and award-winning dramatist, he has worked with Cecil Davies on The Adelphi Players: The Theatre of Persons, also available from Routledge Harwood.

Name: Theatre of Conscience 1939-53: A Study of Four Touring British Community Theatres (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by PETER BILLINGHAM. Theatres of Conscience offers an invaluable and essential insight into four touring British theatre companies whose work and contributions to post-war British theatre have largely gone unnoticed. Combining a rigorous scholarly evaluation of their work...
Categories: Drama by Period - 20th Century to Present, 20th Century Performance, Theatre History