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- DescriptionVerbatim Theatre is the surprise success story of the modern stage. As the name suggests Verbatim plays are written using only the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic. The plays are constructed by the playwright from the testimony of witnesses or those close to an event in order to lend the play an authority that shifts the theatre from mere entertainment to a form of reportage, politicising the audience.Recent successful verbatim plays include The Colour of Justice based on transcripts from the Stephen Lawrence murder trial, Robin Soans' Talking to Terrorists which uses interviews with victims and practitioners of terrorism, David Hare's The Permanent Way , and the highly acclaimed My Name is Rachel Corrie .In Verbatim , leading practitioners write polemically about the techniques, intentions and ethics of documentary theatre. It includes contributions from David Hare, Max Stafford-Clark, Alecky Blythe, Nicolas Kent, Richard Norton-Taylor and Robin Soans.
- Author BiographyRichard Norton-Taylor was born in 1944 and joined the Guardian in 1975. Since then, he has investigated official secrecy, behind-the-scenes decision-making in Government, and the activities of the security and intelligence services. His works for stage include 'Half the Picture' (an adaptation of the Scott 'arms to Iraq' enquiry), 'Nuremburg', 'Srebrenica' and 'The Colour of Justice'.
- Author(s)Richard Norton-Taylor
- PublisherOberon Books Ltd
- Date of Publication01/04/2008
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOberon Books Ltd
- Weight249 g
- Width240 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byDan Steward,Will Hammond
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