Barker - Collected Plays 2 - The Castle & Gertrude - The Cry & Animals in Paradise & 13 Objects

Barker - Collected Plays 2 - The Castle & Gertrude - The Cry & Animals in Paradise & 13 Objects $21.99

Howard Barker

Published by Oberon

The plays in this volume examine collisions of culture, gender and creed at moments of turmoil, developing the tragic form Barker defines as Theatre of Catastrophe

The Castle is set at the end of Crusades and describes the clashes that occur when returning soldiers bring an Arab architect home with them as a prisoner

Barker's abiding interest in interrogating the great classics for their 'silences' is shown in Gertrude - The Cry, his re-writing of the Hamlet story. Scarcely examined in Shakespeare, the passion of Gertrude for Claudius is made the centre of this harrowing tragedy, casting new light on the personality of Hamlet himself

Animals in Paradise was commissioned by the Swedish and Danish governments to celebrate their conection by bridge, a symbolic finish to centuries of antagonism. Barker's unexpected treatment of the theme provoked unrest on its first showing

13 Objects movingly reveals the investment we make in inanimate things, their power to unsettle us, and how their talismanic qualities license new ways of seeing the world

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