'Power has to be grasped': British theatre is battling its class problem

'Power has to be grasped': British theatre is battling its class problem
 

In 1979, giving a talk at Cambridge University, the theatre-maker John McGrath insisted that “there is a working-class audience for theatre in Britain which makes demands, and which has values, which are different from those enshrined in our idealised middle-class audience”. His manifesto for making popular theatre for the working classes, later published as A Good Night Out, was hugely influential. Yet almost 40 years later, McGrath’s observation that the theatre’s values are “firmly those of acceptability to a metropolitan middle-class audience” rings as true as ever.
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13 March 2018 in Learning, Views: 45
Source: Guardian
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