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Theatre and Education

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ISBN-10: 0230218571

ISBN-13: 9780230218574

Edition: 2009

Authors: Helen Nicholson, Edward Bond

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List price: $6.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 6/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Because of its pivotal scene, which involves the stoning to death of a baby by a gang of young toughs in a London park, Edward Bond's first major production, Saved (1965), was banned in its entirety by the Lord Chamberlain. In drawing attention to the plot, the censor drew attention away from the play's techniques. A distracting violence is still the center of Bond's works Early Morning (1968), The Sea ( ), and The Bundle (1978). Bond's violence is not simply an image of evil or crude dramatic shock. It is meant as something to come to terms with intellectually, or even-as in The Bundle-to be agreed to, as the price of effective action. In its obviousness, Bond's brutality challenges the audience to acknowledge its own hidden, structural ruthlessness. The playwright's ideas, however, often seem inadequately worked out and inadequately expressed in prefaces that share nothing of the vivacity and clarity of those of George Bernard Shaw. Bond has never lost touch with an impressive stiff poetry of the stage, which is most evident in Bingo, about Shakespeare's last days, and The Fool (1976), about the madness of the poet John Clare. Among Bond's more recent works are The Worlds (1979), and a trilogy, The War Plays (1985).

Series Editors&#8217
Preface
Foreword
Theatre and Childhood Memories Debating Theatre & Education
The Theatre in Educational History Activism and Education Performance Methodologies and Political Controversies Transitions and Tensions Beyond Theatre-in-Education The Battle for Imagination
The Process of Imagining The Social Imaginary of Place Interrogating Place, Representing Identity Theatre Education and Creative Industries Theatre, Innovation and Education
Further Reading