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'Making New Theatre Together': Developing writers' and creating community in the first writers' group at the Royal Court and its legacy within the Young Writers' Programme

'Making New Theatre Together': Developing writers' and creating community in the first writers' group at the Royal Court and its legacy within the Young Writers' Programme

Holden, Nicholas ORCID: 0000-0002-3437-1702 (2017) 'Making New Theatre Together': Developing writers' and creating community in the first writers' group at the Royal Court and its legacy within the Young Writers' Programme. Theatre History Studies, 36. pp. 248-265. ISSN 0733-2033 (Print), 2166-9953 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1353/ths.2017.0011)

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Abstract

This article re-visits what should be regarded as the first attempt to bring a new generation of young playwrights to the Royal Court, through the Writers’ Group in 1958, and places the group’s inception, methodology and legacy within the contemporary context of the Young Writers’ Programme. The article draws on existing information on the first Writers’ Group and combines it with original insights from theatre practitioners who have worked closely with the Royal Court such as William Gaskill (Artistic Director 1965-1969), Ola Animashawun (Director of the Young Writers’ Programme 1998-2008), and Simon Stephens (Young Writers’ Programme Writers’ Tutor 2001-2005) to create a new analysis of the Royal Court’s long association with young writers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Royal Court Theatre; New Writing; Contemporary British Theatre
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Literature & Drama Research Group
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 14:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22295

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