In-Yer-Face Theatre - British Drama Today
Published by Faber & Faber
In-Yer-Face Theatre is the first book to look at this exciting outburst of creativity, controversy and theatrical innovation. It argues that plays such as Trainspotting, Blasted and Shopping and Fucking are much more than a collection of shock tactics - taken together, they represent a consistent critique of modern life, one which focuses on the problem of violence, the questioning of masculinity, the myth of post-feminism and the futility of consumerism.
The book contains extensive interviews with playwrights, and examines their work, giving a real feel of what's like to watch cutting-edge drama come alive on stage. Writers discussed include Simon Block, Jez Butterworth, David Eldridge, Harry Gibson, Nick Grosso, Sarah Kane, Tracy Letts, Martin McDonagh, Patrick Marber, Phyllis Nagy, Anthony Neilson, Joe Penhall, Rebecca Prichard, Mark Ravenhill, Philip Ridley, Judy Upton, Che Walker, Naomi Wallace and Richard Zajdlic.
In-Yer-Face Theatre contents
Chapter 1: what is in-yer-face theatre? - A short history of provocation - The nasty nineties
Chapter 2: come to the shock-fest - Philip Ridley's Ghost from a Perfect Place - Phyllis Nagy's Butterfly Kiss - Tracy Letts's Killer Joe - Harry Gibson's Trainspotting
Chapter 3: Anthony Neilson - Normal - Penetrator - The Censor
Chapter 4: Sarah Kane - Blasted - Phaedra's Love - Cleansed - Crave
Chapter 5: Mark Ravenhill - Shopping and Fucking - Faust Is Dead, Sleeping Around and Handbag - Some Explicit Polaroids
Chapter 6: boys together - Naomi Wallace's The War Boys - Jez Butterworth's Mojo - Simon Block's Not a Game for Boys - David Eldridge's Serving It Up
Chapter 7: sex wars - Nick Grosso's Peaches and Sweetheart - Patrick Marber's Closer - Che Walker's Been So Long - Richard Zajdlic's Dogs Barking
Chapter 8: battered and bruised - Joe Penhall's Some Voices - Judy Upton's Ashes and Sand and Bruises - Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Rebecca Prichard's Yard Gal
Chapter 9 : Conclusion