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by Ruth Shade
Using an examination of theatrical and musical performance in a small Valleys town as a focus, this work puts forward an argued discussion of contemporary Welsh theatre in its cultural context. The text uses the south Wales valleys as a means of locating and exploring certain key issues: those connected to coercive ideas about what ideal theatre is; the relationship between politics and performance; the conundrum of community theatre; the role of theatre practice in marginalized regions; and the significance of class to theatre and the problem of a system of arts subsidy which foists inappropriate external theatre product on indigenous audiences.
|Publication date:||28th January 2004|
|Publisher:||University of Wales Press|
|Categories:||Cultural studies, Theatre studies, Music,|
Ruth Shade is Course Leader in Drama at the University of Wolverhampton. She has written widely on contemporary theatre and Welsh identity, including recent pieces in Planet on Welsh drama policy, theatre in Aberdare and the history of Welsh rock music.More About Ruth Shade