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Title: Jerzy Grotowski's influence on British theatre 1966-1980 : histories, perspectives, recollections
Author: Pakula, Pablo
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis investigates Jerzy Grotowski's influence on British theatre from a historical point of view. It examines a series of telling case studies between 1966 and 1980 which represent instances of both direct and indirect connections with the Teatr Laboratorium, and which exemplify how Grotowski's practice/ideas have been adapted, borrowed, misunderstood, and used as a catalyst by different British theatre artists. These case studies include: Peter Brook's production of US with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the work of 'fringe' groups Freehold and Triple Action Theatre, and a number of individuals who participated in paratheatrical activities (Anna Furse, [ennifer Kumiega, etc.). In order to better assess the UK's relationship with Grotowski, this thesis also analyses the British response to his company's performances in 1968 and 1969, as well as discussing Towards a Poor Theatre as the primary channel for the dissemination of his ideas. This thesis concludes by proposing an alternative way of mapping Grotowski's influence, not in a linear or hierarchical manner, but using a model which foregrounds diversity and simultaneity. In doing so it emphasises the multiplicity of Grotowski's legacies and embraces the complex processes by which they have spread. The connections between Grotowski and the UK and the British relationship to his practice have not previously been scrutinised. Therefore the methodology adopted by the thesis is based on archival research, field work, and extensive interviews with key individuals.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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