Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance

by Robert Cross

Manchester University Press | April 17, 2004 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 17, 2004

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719062543

ISBN - 13: 9780719062544

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Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance

by Robert Cross

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 17, 2004

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719062543

ISBN - 13: 9780719062544

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures * Preface * Acknowledgements * List of Abbreviations * Introduction * Jewish East End Roots * Berkoff''s Interpersonal ''Self'' * The London Theatre Group * Confinement and Escapology * Berkoff''s Cockney Carnival * Berkoff and Thatcherism * Berkoff''s ''Inner Self'' * Conclusions * Bibliography

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Robert Cross is Professor at the Institute for Language and Culture at Doshisha University, Kyoto.
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