Point Blank

'Nothing to Declare', 'Operation Wonderland', and 'Roses and Morphine'

Edited by Liz Tomlin

Point Blank
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Edited by Liz Tomlin

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128 pages | 8 halftones | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2007
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841501697 Published October 2007
Point Blank, one of Britain’s most provocative new theater companies, has received a deluge of critical acclaim for its darkly comic political satire and bleak metaphorical landscapes. Point Blank: Nothing to Declare, Operation Wonderland, Roses and Morphine, here reproduces three prominent examples of the company’s early work and contextualizes these plays in the wider tradition and recent history of British political theater.
 
In addition to the full performance scripts, Point Blank offers comprehensive notes to enable a range of potential restagings of the plays, as well as critical essays suggesting bold interpretations of the interplay between contemporary theatrical performance and the prevailing political climate. Editor Liz Tomlin offers invaluable insight into the company’s dramaturgical processes that transform theoretical ideas into mythical, absurd scenarios and visually striking theatrical metaphor. Subversive and incendiary, Point Blank is forging a radical new vision of twenty-first-century theater.
 
Praise for the Point Blank theatre company
 
“One of the most exciting theatres around. . . . Political, witty, challenging and bold.”—Guardian
 
“Quality theatre . . . totally compelling.”—Independent on Sunday
 
“Explosive new political satire . . . living up to their tag as Britain’s hottest new theatre company. . . . This is incendiary stuff.”—Edinburgh Evening News
 
 
 
 
 
Guardian

“One of the most exciting theatres around. . . . Political, witty, challenging and bold.”

Independent on Sunday (praise for the theatre company)

“Quality theatre . . . totally compelling.”

Edinburgh Evening News

“Explosive new political satire . . . living up to their tag as Britain’s hottest new theatre company. . . . This is incendiary stuff.”

Theatre-Wales

“Superb . . . beautifully conceived . . . a formidable set of voices in British theatre”

Contents
Point Blank
 
Acknowledgements
 
Telling Stories: The Point Blank Trilogy
by John Bull
 
Nothing to Declare
by Liz Tomlin, with Selected Critical Reviews
 
Operation Wonderland
by Liz Tomlin and Steve Jackson, with Selected Critical Reviews
 
Roses and Morphine
by Liz Tomlin, with Selected Critical Reviews
 
Fantasy and Delusion: The Dramaturgy of Point Blank's Nothing to Declare
by Steve Jackson
 
Tracing the Footprints of Critical Thought: Point Blank's Work as Cultural Analysis
by Liz Tomlin
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