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Joan's Book: Joan Littlewood's Peculiar History as She Tells It (Biography and Autobiography) [Paperback]

Joan Littlewood
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30 Jan 2003 Biography and Autobiography
The life story of the woman who singlehandedly reshaped the British theatre scene of the 50s and 60s Kenneth Tynan once remarked on Joan Littlewood's great ability as a director to make ordinariness fascinating and to produce "biting popular drama that does not depend on hit songs, star names or spa sophistication". This same flair is evident in her picaresque narrative - in her descriptions of the characters in her early life: of encounters with irascible caretakers when trying to rig a one-night stand; and of stage-struck cops. Outspoken in her criticism of those who obstructed the company's work, generous in praising those who contributed ot it, Joan is always passionate in her conviction that a theatre should be concerne with much more than simply the putting on of plays.Joan's book is an enthralling life story in its own right. It is also the testament of one of the most influential theatre directors and teachers of the 20th century.

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; New edition edition (30 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413773183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413773180
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company was set up at the end of World War II and an international reputation for doing classical and new plays, including Brendan Behan's The Hostage, Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey and the devised script of Oh What A Lovely War.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true pioneer ! 3 Feb 2010
For anyone interested in recent history of the theatre - this book is a must !!!

With boundless energy, and a real zest for 'theatre' anywhere that it could be

initiated, this book recounts the trials and tribulations ( and sometimes real

financial hardship), that Joan Littlewood, and her ever-changing troupe of players

endured.A character who often wasn't supported by the Arts Council in her tours,

she nevertheless made her mark at the Theatre Royal (Stratford East), and left us

with such evocative and moving works as 'Oh What a Lovely War!'. Watch out too,for

some of the people she employed went on to become 'big names'.

A colourful,'driven' character - this account is a detailed and warm record of her

unique improvisational style that was to influence so many people in the theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Counts 21 Jun 2003
An excellent read! The genius of Joan Littlewood and the groundbreaking "Theatre Workshop" is documented in this book in a
comic, moving and delightful way.
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