The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth (Critical Companions)

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Jez Butterworth is the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful new British dramatist of the 21st century: his acclaimed play Jerusalem has had extended runs in the West End and on Broadway. This book is the first to examine Butterworth's writings for stage and film and to identify how and why his work appeals so widely and profoundly. It examines the way that he weaves suspenseful stories of eccentric outsiders, whose adventures echo widespread contemporary social anxieties, and involve surprising expressions of both violence and generosity. This book reveals how Butterworth unearths the strange forms of wildness and defiance lurking in the depths and at the edges of England: where unpredictable outbursts of humour highlight the intensity of life, and characters discover links between their haunting past and the uncertainties of the present, to create a meaningful future. Supplemented by essays from James D. Balestrieri and Elisabeth Angel-Perez, this is a clear and detailed source of reference for a new generation of theatre audiences, practitioners and directors who wish to explore the work of this seminal dramatist.
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ISBN-13: 9781408183601
ISBN-10: 1408183609
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Methuen Drama
Seria Critical Companions

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Features interviews with practitioners and commentators associated with Butterworth's writing and stage productions

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David Ian Rabey is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK, and Artistic Director of Lurking Truth/Gwir sy'n Llechu Theatre Company. His critical publications include Howard Barker: Politics and Desire (1989, 2009), David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience (1997), English Drama Since 1940 (2003), Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death (2009), and the forthcoming, Theatre and Time (2016). He has co-edited two collections of essays, Theatre of Catastrophe (2006) and Howard Barker's Art of Theatre (2013). His plays include two volumes, The Wye Plays (2004) and Lovefuries (2008).


Acknowledgments References and Abbreviations A Prologue, with questions: 'The isle is full of noises.' 1. Fairy Tales of Hard Men 2. Mojo, Birthday Girl: What Will Happen? Mojo: Shakin' All Over Birthday Girl: The brave, and the reasonable 3. The Night Heron: A Noose of Briars 4. The Winterling and Leavings: Becoming a Stranger 5. Parlour Song: Men Have Their Uses 6. JERUSALEM: The Keys to the Forest 7. Fair Game, The River: Hunter and Game Fair Game: Freedom and Security The River: Trophies of My Lovers Gone8. Performance and Critical Perspectives Jerusalem in Gotham, or Butterworth on Broadway, by James D. Balestrieri Still Puzzling it Out: Jez Butterworth's The River: Puzzling as Process, by Mary Karen Dahl Butterworth's poetics of absence, by Elisabeth Angel-Perez 9. Inconclusion: Burn the Plans Notes Chronology Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index


Rabey offers a series of illuminating and thought-provoking cultural and historical contextualisations - plunging into past and contemporary understandings of 'Englishness' from the outset, for instance - and uses this as the basis for an analysis of the work that is vigorous and always personally engaged, but also open-ended and questioning ... this work has the conscious intent of creating a real and ongoing debate. An indispensable volume.
[Rabey] opens the door through which further philosophical enquiries into the work of one of this century's most dominant and enigmatic theatrical figures may emerge, and does a great service to current theatre scholarship.
Students of theatre and drama will appreciate Rabey's inclusive, well-informed and down-to-earth approach ... Due to its clear structure and accessible approach, the book offers a valuable introduction to Butterworth's plays.
David Ian Rabey's The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth is the first study devoted to a playwright whose work first appeared on the main stage at the Royal Court in 1995 with Mojo. The book contextualizes Butterworth's work and his influences, offering an assessment of his place within contemporary British drama.