Verbatim theatre: plays without playwrights

Imagine a play without a playwright, a story without anything imaginary. The increasingly popular genre for experimental plays, verbatim theatre, has realised this subversive vision for contemporary plays. Just as the recent popularisation of reality TV reflects the modern phenomenon of seeking entertainment, or even art, from the everyman, the verbatim genre recounts the words […]

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Pussy Riot: ‘Politics in the guise of Art’

I am pressed against the wall in a crowded room, one amongst hundreds crammed inside the bar at the Royal Court Theatre to watch a dramatic reading of the final testimonies’ of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Marina Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich on the planned ‘global’ day of action to protest their detention. With an audience ranging from […]

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