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p. 1026. Bearing witness: drama since 1980locked

  • Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr


Theatre since 1980 is marked by a number of striking new forms, movements, and innovations, ushered in by a plethora of fresh new playwrights bursting on to the scene as well as the ongoing work of long-established playwrights. Through developments like verbatim theatre—a renewal of documentary drama—‘in-yer-face’ theatre, and postmodern theatre, drama in recent decades has been breaking taboos and fundamentally challenging what is acceptable for theatrical representation. ‘Bearing witness: drama since 1980’ describes some of the plays that define these innovations and goes on to discuss the introduction of science to the stage and the increasing adaptation and reimagining of older works.

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