The Theatre of David Hare

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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This study follows Hare's varied work for the stage, for film and for television chronologically, analysing his engagement with society over several decades. It looks at how Hare has given dramatic shape to key socio-political events such as the decline of the Left and the rise of Thatcherism, the impact of the free market, the changing nature of the state, and most recently the abuse of state power and the collapse of the global economy. He considers how Hare's plays consistently register the impact of a changing world through its most intimate, private effects. Supplemented by three critical essays, and written by one of the leading figures in British theatre scholarship, this Companion is a unique guide to a playwright who is central to any understanding of modern British theatre.

Author Biography

David Pattie is Professor of Drama at the University of Chester.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Contexts, Politics, History
1: Hare in Context: Themes and Styles
2: Hare and Politics
3: Hare and History
4: Hare and Gender
5: Hare and Film/TV
Section 2: 'Is This History?': Hare's theatres, 1968-2011
6: 1968-1979: The Play is in the Air: Slag, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck, Knuckle, Licking Hitler, Plenty
7: 1979-1990: '…It's a New Age…': Dreams of Leaving, A Map of the World, Saigon: Year of the Cat, The Bay at Nice/Wrecked Eggs, Heading Home, Pravda, Wetherby, The Secret Rapture, Paris by Night, Strapless.
8: 1990- 1997: The Common Good: Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Skylight
9: 1997- 2003: Various Views: Amy's View, The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life.
10: 2003- : The Power of Yes: The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes, Page Eight

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