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Impossible plays : adventures with the Cottesloe Company

Author: Keith Dewhurst; Jack Shepherd
Publisher: London : Methuen Drama, 2006.
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This is the story of the Cottesloe Company of actors, operating from the National Theatre, told by two of its leading members. It includes accounts of all the major productions including 'The Mysteries' and 'Larkrise to Candleford'.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dewhurst, Keith, 1931-
Impossible plays.
London : Methuen Drama, 2006
(OCoLC)607626340
Online version:
Dewhurst, Keith, 1931-
Impossible plays.
London : Methuen Drama, 2006
(OCoLC)607821377
Named Person: Bill Bryden; Jack Shepherd; Bill Bryden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Dewhurst; Jack Shepherd
ISBN: 9780413775856 0413775852
OCLC Number: 123563763
Description: xviii, 235 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword : impossible plays / Jack Shepherd --
Introduction : a theatrical ideal / Keith Dewhurst --
Pt. 1. At the Royal Court --
1. The French connection / Jack Shepherd --
2. A Royal Court Actor --
The Royal Court studio / Jack Shepherd --
A word on the acting / Jack Shepherd --
Transforming the space / Jack Shepherd --
3. Bill Bryden --
The Greenock dreamer / Keith Dewhurst --
The journey of the fifth horse / Jack Shepherd --
A vision of the future / Jack Shepherd --
4. Pirate black --
Staging Pirates / Keith Dewhurst --
The actors / Jack Shepherd --
5. Victor Henry : the company member who never was / Jack Shepherd --
6. The Baby Elephant / Keith Dewhurst --
7. Corruna! --
Writing for a company / Keith Dewhurst --
Why 'impossible'? / Jack Shepherd --
The flower path / Jack Shepherd --
The alienation effect / Jack Shepherd --
Corruna! on tour / Keith Dewhurst --
The mysteries of the wrestlers' hotel / Jack Shepherd --
A Corruna! summary / Keith Dewhurst --
8. The Royal Court : publicity and personalities / Keith Dewhurst --
Tony Richardson : 'can no one clear the peacock shit off this terrace?' / Keith Dewhurst --
Pt. 2. Scotland --
9. Willie Rough / Keith Dewhurst --
10. The Misanthrope / Jack Shepherd --
11. Life at the lyceum --
The acting company / Keith Dewhurst --
Kidnapped / Keith Dewhurst --
The integrity of the space / Keith Dewhurst --
The Miser / Keith Dewhurst --
12. The Magic Island / Keith Dewhurst --
Pt. 3. The national theatre --
13. The early days of the NT --
Watch It Come Down / Keith Dewhurst --
Social life / Keith Dewhurst --
Il Campiello / Keith Dewhurst --
14. Medieval Mysteries --
The Passion / Keith Dewhurst --
Seeing The Passion / Jack Shepherd --
Impact / Keith Dewhurst --
Judas / Jack Shepherd --
The poet's revenge / Jack Shepherd --
The crucifixion play / Jack Shepherd --
15. Lark Rise --
Luggage / Keith Dewhurst --
Lark Rise / Keith Dewhurst --
Writing Lark Rise / Keith Dewhurst --
Casting 'Mrs. Timms' / Keith Dewhurst --
Rehearsing Lark Rise / Keith Dewhurst --
Lessons of Lark Rise / Keith Dewhurst --
16. American Buffalo --
Two questions to ponder / Keith Dewhurst --
Playing American Buffalo / Jack Shepherd --
Dave King / Jack Shepherd --
17. The World Turned Upside Down --
Civil war, mutinies and strikes / Keith Dewhurst --
The epic challenge of the brambles / Jack Shepherd --
18. Dispatches / Jack Shepherd --
19. Opportunities and Dilemmas --
The Long Riders / Keith Dewhurst --
Candleford / Keith Dewhurst --
Plans and a dilemma / Keith Dewhurst --
Summer manoeuvres / Keith Dewhurst --
20. The O'Neill season --
The sea plays / Jack Shepherd --
Hughie and Stacey / Jack Shepherd --
The Iceman Cometh / Jack Shepherd --
The demon drink / Jack Shepherd --
J. G. Devlin / Jack Shepherd --
Derek Newark / Jack Shepherd --
21. Extending the cycle --
Creation / Jack Shepherd --
A popular success / Jack Shepherd --
The outdoor performances / Jack Shepherd --
Sixty crop pruners / Jack Shepherd --
Men without women / Jack Shepherd --
Brian Glover / Jack Shepherd --
22. Choices and changes --
Crazy Horse / Jack Shepherd --
Bill's choice / Keith Dewhurst --
Cologne and Rome / Jack Shepherd --
Enforced changes / Keith Dewhurst --
23. Endings --
Don Quixote / Keith Dewhurst --
A difficult stage / Jack Shepherd --
Departure / Keith Dewhurst --
A threat to family life / Jack Shepherd --
24. A Midsummer Night's Dream --
Playing the Dream / Jack Shepherd --
Mechanicals and Princess Margaret / Jack Shepherd --
A flashback / Keith Dewhurst --
25. Glengarry Glen Ross / Jack Shepherd --
26. Cinderella / Jack Shepherd --
27. The Boxing / Jack Shepherd --
28. Doomsday --
Following the score / Jack Shepherd --
Rehearsal strategies / Jack Shepherd --
A furious row / Jack Shepherd --
'Death' takes the stage / Jack Shepherd --
Pt. 4. Reputations --
28. The wrap-up / Keith Dewhurst --
29. Reputations / Jack Shepherd --
30. Something Happier / Keith Dewhurst --
Epilogue : what's the score? / Keith Dewhurst.
Responsibility: Keith Dewhurst and Jack Shepherd.

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