Steven Berkoff Plays 1

East; West; Greek; Sink the Belgrano!; Massage Lunch; The Bow of Ulysses; Sturm und Drang

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318460

Category: Drama

Page: 288

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Steven Berkoff is a phenomenon. Among the artists working in the theatre today he is probably the most theatrical - his special combination of speech, movement and spectacle is uniquely powerful. This first collection of his plays includes East, described by Berkoff as 'an outburst or revolt against the sloth of my youth and a desire to turn a welter of undirected passion and frustration into a positive form'. Also included in this collection are the plays West and Sink the Belgrano!

Steven Berkoff Plays 2

Decadence; Kvetch; Acapulco; Harry's Christmas; Brighton Beach Scumbags; Dahling You Were Marvelous; Dog; Actor

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318258

Category: Drama

Page: 240

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Written with characteristic Berkoff flair and an understanding of the subtle power and violence of the English language, this second collection of his plays includes Decadence, described by the Guardian as being 'enthused with Berkoff's violent, imagist, vivid wordplay'. The collection also includes Kvetch, Acapulco, Harry's Christmas, Brighton Beach Scumbags, Dahling You Were Marvellous, Dog and Actor, and is introduced by the author.

Steven Berkoff Plays 3

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318452

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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This is a collection of three history plays, each displaying the sparkling muscularity of language that marks Berkoff out as one of the foremost wordsmiths in the English language. Set in thirteenth-century England, Ritual in Blood looks at the persecution of the Jews. Messiah begins with the image of Christ on the cross and pits His humanity and transcendent goodness against the evil of those who would kill Him. Finally, Berkoff offers a sharp and accessible adaptation of Sophocles's Oedipus tragedy.

In-Yer-Face Theatre

British Drama Today

Author: Aleks Sierz

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318495

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The most controversial and newsworthy plays of British theatre are a rash of rude, vicious and provocative pieces by a brat pack of twentysomethings whose debuts startled critics and audiences with their heady mix of sex, violence and street-poetry. In-Yer-Face Theatre is the first book to study this exciting outburst of creative self-expression by what in other contexts has been called Generation X, or Thatcher's Children, the 'yoof' who grew up during the last Conservative Government. The book argues that, for example, Trainspotting, Blasted, Mojo and Shopping and F**king 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 crisis of masculinity and the futility of consumerism. The book contains extensive interviews with playwrights, including Sarah Kane (Blasted), Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and F**king), Philip Ridley (The Pitchfork Disney), Patrick Marber (Closer) and Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane).

Steven Berkoff: One Act Plays

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408182491

Category: Drama

Page: 416

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Steven Berkoff has been variously described as controversial, thrilling, electric and dynamic. A Renaissance man of the theatre, he is known equally for his writing, directing and acting. Collecting together nineteen one-act plays, this volume presents never-before-published material. Abusive, shocking and endlessly surprising, these sharply written pieces showcase Berkoff's trademark controversy, black humour and dramatic dialectics. Themes that haunt much of his work are present: his luxurious verbosity; his counterpoint of crude street-patter and elegiac proclamation; sex wars; class wars; dislocation and abandonment of love in a thankless and unyielding world. The selection of plays allows the performer and reader to experience Berkoff's fluid anarchic poetry at its most profane within the complete and pithy structure of the one-act play. Established plays such as The Biblical Tales (which enjoyed success in their 2010 run at the New End Theatre, Hampstead) stand alongside previously unpublished material, giving the range of Berkoff's work full expression, from his established thematic concerns to his new and unseen work. Perfect for student and amateur performances, this volume contains a full introduction by Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Plays

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance

Author: Robert Cross

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062544

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Steven Berkoff is a playwright, director and actor largely disregarded by theater scholars. Since the 1960s, however, this notorious Cockney enfant terrible and "scourge of the Shakespeare industry" has left an imprint on modern British theatre that has been as impossible to ignore as his in-your-face stage presence. Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance, the first thorough and in-depth study of this contentious artist, examines the wide-ranging strategies adopted by Berkoff in the construction and projection of his larger-than-life public persona.

The Collected Plays

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571169030

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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I Am Hamlet

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571152797

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

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Nine years ago Steven Berkoff directed a production of Hamlet in which he took the title role, and here are his scene-by-scene observations, which cover the whole range of human experience - from love and death, to life in Britain now.

Free Association

An Autobiography

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571192694

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 410

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What made Steven Berkoff? Born in the East End in 1937 and educated at Hackney Downs Grammar (Harold Pinter's old school), throughout his life as actor, director and playwright, Steven Berkoff has been variously described as exciting, controversial, thrilling, egocentric, electric and dynamic.Ranging freely between his childhood, his teenage years spent going 'up West', a formative year with family in the USA, his early days in theatre, this first collection of autobiographical writings from Steven Berkoff shows how he siphoned off and transformed those experiences for his plays, East and West and how his later experiences informed Greek. Berkoff's autobiography is essential reading for all those fascinated by his explosive dynamism and an inspiration to those wanting to enter the theatrical profession.

Sit and Shiver

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318916

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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How a certain Jewish family mourns a dead patriarch. The term is 'sitting Shiva' (mourning for seven days), when friends and relatives commiserate, usually in the home of the deceased. As children, we always understood this to be 'sit and shiver', which also seemed most appropriate. While death has claimed the old man and triggered the usual inflated eulogies - 'how important a man becomes when they die' - it has also brought to the surface hidden anxieties and grievances, only exacerbated when a visitor shows up bearing strange news that threatens to tear the family apart. A Jewish black comedy in the Berkoff tradition. Sit and Shiver was first presented at the Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles, in March 2004. The European premiere was held at the New End Theatre, London, in association with Saw Productions, in May 2006.

Theatre of Steven Berkoff

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780413673404

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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Eleven productions by one of British theatre's most astonishing practitioners The theatre of Steven Berkoff is as much a visual testimony as it is an insight into great performance theare. Over the years his productions have drawn to them the attention of a number of notably gifted stage photgraphers who have captured the essence and uniqueness of Berkoff's theatre including Robert McFarlane, Nobby Clark and John Haynes. The book documents eleven of the productions for which he became famous including: Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Fall of the House of Usher, Agamemnon, Hamlet, Coriolanus, East, Greek, West, Decadence and Salome.

A Short History of Opera

Author: Donald J. Grout,Hermine Weigel Williams

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507720

Category: Music

Page: 992

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When first published in 1947, A Short History of Opera immediately achieved international status as a classic in the field. Now, more than five decades later, this thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition informs and entertains opera lovers just as its predecessors have. The fourth edition incorporates new scholarship that traces the most important developments in the evolution of musical drama. After surveying anticipations of the operatic form in the lyric theater of the Greeks, medieval dramatic music, and other forerunners, the book reveals the genre's beginnings in the seventeenth century and follows its progress to the present day. A Short History of Opera examines not only the standard performance repertoire, but also works considered important for the genre's development. Its expanded scope investigates opera from Eastern European countries and Finland. The section on twentieth-century opera has been reorganized around national operatic traditions including a chapter devoted solely to opera in the United States, which incorporates material on the American musical and ties between classical opera and popular musical theater. A separate section on Chinese opera is also included. With an extensive multilanguage bibliography, more than one hundred musical examples, and stage illustrations, this authoritative one-volume survey will be invaluable to students and serious opera buffs. New fans will also find it highly accessible and informative. Extremely thorough in its coverage, A Short History of Opera is now more than ever the book to turn to for anyone who wants to know about the history of this art form.

Coriolanus in Deutschland

Author: Steven Berkoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Generals in literature

Page: 160

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Theatre Record

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Theater

Page: N.A

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