- 3 June to 12 July 2019
- Paul Mellon Centre
This seminar combines play-reading and theatre-going in order to map the landscape of British drama and performance since 2000. The theatre in this period is often acerbic and sometimes brazen, passionately engaged with the politics of a changing Britain, and scornful of old pieties --including those of earlier radical playwrights. Many writers find elegant theatrical forms for sprawling subjects --the 2008 financial crisis, the 2005 terrorist bombings in London, the ongoing reckonings in Northern Ireland and South Africa. Others created work on a more intimate scale. Some of the most stirring contemporary British plays look inward --at the sexual gamesmanship between couples, at the throbbing of shame and guilt, and at the equivocal morality of writers and even spectators. Readings will be supplemented by weekly attendance at (and discussion of) productions in London's established and lesser-known theatres.