Contemporary British Drama

David Lane

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This book provides a critical assessment of dramatic literature since 1995, situating texts, companies and writers in a cultural, political and social context. It examines the shifting role of the playwright, the dominant genres and emerging styles of the past decade and how they are related.

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Chapter 1: In-Yer-Face Theatre and Legacies of the New Writing Boom
Chapter 2: Verbatim Theatre - The Rise of a Political Voice
Chapter 3: Writing and Devising - The Call for Collaboration
Chapter 4: Black and Asian Writers - A Question of Representation
Chapter 5: Theatre for Young People - Audiences of Today
Chapter 6: Adaptation and Transposition - Reinterpreting the Past
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David Lane is a dramaturg, playwright and freelance lecturer. Formerly the Literary Assistant at Soho Theatre and Writers' Centre, he now lives in the South West and works as a dramaturg with regional theatres including the Exeter Northcott, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre West and Theatre Royal Bath. He teaches at Goldsmiths College, Brunel, City University and Exeter University, and has received several commissions to write plays for young people.

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