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The Reluctant Escapologist: Adventures in Alternative Theatre Paperback – 8 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854595385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854595386
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'Inimitably filthy, achingly funny... Bradwell is one of the most colourful figures in theatre today' --Ian Herbert, The Stage

About the Author

MIKE BRADWELL was born in Scunthorpe in 1948. He trained as an actor at East 15 and subsequently worked with Mike Leigh and the Ken Campbell Road Show. In 1971 He founded Hull Truck Theatre, running it for eleven years. He has been a freelance writer and director in theatre and TV and from 1996-2007 he was Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, London.

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This is a great book about British Theatre in the Late 20th Century, Peopled with a cast of legendary performers and directors, the anarchy, energy and exuberance of real creative theatre making leaps off the page, An inspiring evocation of a time when plays were born from passion, vocational commitment, mischief and fun, which should be an inspiration for those working in today's highly structured, managed, regulated and corporately responsible cultural institutions
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Hilarious, boisterous, angry, anti-establishment (and especially anti the over-management of our theatres and cultural centres), Bradwell's passionate, eye-witness history of alternative British theatre is a celebration of art made by people who don't like to follow the rules. It's packed with wonderful anecdotes about some of the big, colourful characters who made it, and says much about changing British society over the past 40 years. I laughed 'til I cried, and then realised I was crying at just how much we've lost.....
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This is absolutely brilliant. Funny, educational, entertaining in equal measure. Loved it!
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This is a very enjoyable read which gives a great account of British alternative theatre from the 1960s to the present. It's rich in historical and cultural context and delivers insightful and humorous accounts of the day-to-day running of theatre companies and the politics of the day that affect it.
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He's a bit far up himself, this bloke, isn't he? The early chapters are quite interesting, in a historical sense, about the Hull Truck early years but once he gets to London, the narrative just becomes tedious.
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