Tuesday, 15 September 2009

against 'brochure theatre'

David Hare says his new play about the credit crunch, The Power of Yes, is also about the theatre.

Large institutions have become arthritic in the way they programme and in their reliance on what Ken Campbell memorably called 'brochure theatre'. It seems a long time since Peter Brook's 'US' in the 1960s, when the RSC gave a director and a group of writers the freedom to tackle a big theme – in that case, Vietnam – without knowing what the end product would be.

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