Synopsis

Wales and the Cinema - The First Hundred Years

Wales and the Cinema - The First Hundred Years $32.95

Dave Berry

Published by University of Wales

This book of lively and provocative essays, written by dramatists and professionals active in drama teaching, theatre research and/or theatrical practice in Wales, examines significant developments in theatre in Wales from the late 1970s to the present day.

Staging Wales

'The value of this remarkable book, which is offered at an affordable price, is to remind us of Welsh theatre's richness and diversity, ranging from familiar mainstream houses to the breathtaking female-inspired companies that specialise in promoting new writing in both languages. Appendices give details of each and a good deal of background.' (Speech and Drama)

'Anna-Marie Taylor's collection of surveys, reviews, anecdotes, analyses and provocation's encompasses a wide range of performance forms and methods of discourse, and is both accessible and challenging.' (New Welsh Review)

' . . . the best account of Welsh Theatre to appear so far.' (Western Mail)

The volume is intended as a general introduction to modern Welsh theatre and the topics discussed include the belated recognition of drama in Wales, the continuing and lively amateur tradition, Wales's particular contribution to theatre in education, the position of the theatre in a bilingual culture, the character of experimental theatre, the effect of government funding policies and the establishment of actor's training. There are also studies of individual companies.

Staging Wales provides a valuable survey of contemporary theatre practice in Wales.

The editor, Anna-Marie Taylor, is a lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Contents:

Introduction: Staging Wales - Anna-Marie Taylor; The Wounds of Possibility: Welsh Drama in English in the 1960s and 1970s - Simon Baker; Leaving the Twentieth Century: New Writing on the Welsh-language Mainstage 1979-1995 - Nic Ros; Surviving on the Edge: Patterns of Contemporary Theatre-Making - Anna-Marie Taylor; A History of Theatre in Education in Wales - Gill Ogden; Professional Actor Training - Paul Clements; A Vision Undimmed: Theatr Fach Llangefni - Dafydd Arthur Jones; A Community Drama - Ewart Alexander; Special Worlds, Secret Maps: A Poetics of Performance - Mike Pearson; Brith Gof - Charmian C. Savill; Welsh Theatre and the World - Anna-Marie Taylor; Land of Dance: Recent Developments in Dance Theatre - Anna-Marie Taylor; Genesis and Revelations: Theatr Clwyd - Bob Roberts; The Graveyard of Ambition - Greg Cullen; The Space Between - Work in Mixed Media: Moving Being 1968-1993 - Geoff Moore; Talking Theatre: A Conversation between Playwrights - Lucy Gough and Dic Edwards; Physical Theatre and its

Discontents - Paul Davies; Speaking to the Nation - Gilly Adams. Appendices: Chronology of the Theatre in Wales; Welsh Arts Council; Schedules to the Accounts; Chronology of Brith Gof Performances; Investing in a New World by Phil Clark; Main Theatre Companies Working Professionally in Wales; Bibliography of Contemporary Drama in Wales. Index. ex.

pp xii212 1997 paperback

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