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"Routledge Performance Practitioners" is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance.
A theatrical and cultural innovator, Joan Littlewood's various contributions to theatre made a huge impact on the way in which theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century. This is the first book to combine:
- an overview of Littlewood's career in relation to the wider social, political and cultural context.
- an exploration of Littlewood's theatrical influences, approach to actor's training, belief in the creative ensemble, attitude to text, rehearsal methods and use of improvisation.
- a detailed case study of the origins, research, creative process and thinking behind Littlewood's most famous production, Oh What a Lovely War, and an assessment of its impact.
- a series of practical exercises designed to capture and illustrate the key approaches Littlewood used in the rehearsal room.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, "Routledge Performance Practitioners" are unbeatable value for today's student.

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