Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre

Politics, Aesthetics and Forms

Edited by Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu

Edited by Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

250 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781783202973 Published February 2014
Between 1960 and 2010, a new generation of British avant-garde theater companies, directors, designers, and performers emerged. Some of these companies and individuals have endured to become part of theater history while others have disappeared from the scene, mutated into new forms, or become part of the establishment. Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre at long last puts these small-scale British theater companies and personalities in the scholarly spotlight. By questioning what “Britishness” meant in relation to the small-scale work of these practitioners, contributors articulate how it is reflected in the goals, manifestos, and aesthetics of these companies. 



Setting the Scene: Introducing Reverberations

Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu


Chapter 1: Foco Novo: The Icarus of British Small-Scale Touring Theatre

Graham Saunders

Chapter 2: Insider Knowledge: The Evolution of Belfast’s Tinderbox Theatre Company

David Grant


Chapter 3: Volcano: A Post-Punk Physical Theatre

Gareth Somers


Chapter 4: Tiata Fahodzi: Second-Generation Africans in British Theatre

Ekua Ekumah

Chapter 5: Keeping It Together: Talawa Theatre Company, Britishness, Aesthetics of Scale and Mainstreaming the Black-British Experience

Kene Igweonu


Chapter 6: Agitation and Entertainment: Rod Dixon and Red Ladder Theatre Company

Tony Gardner


Chapter 7: Intercultural to Cross-Cultural Theatre: Tara Arts and the Development of British Asian Theatre

Victor Ukaegbu


Chapter 8: Kind Acts: Lone Twin Theatre

Eirini Kartsaki


Chapter 9: Political Theatre ‘without Finger-Wagging’: On the Paper Birds and Integrative Aesthetics

Patrick Duggan


Chapter 10: ‘Angels and Modern Myth’: Grid Iron and the New Scottish Theatre

Trish Reid


Chapter 11: Acts of Poiesis: salamanda tandem

Mick Wallis and Isabel Jones



Franc Chamberlain


Notes on Contributors



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