Drama in a World of Science: And Three Other Lectures

Drama in a World of Science: And Three Other Lectures

Drama in a World of Science: And Three Other Lectures

Drama in a World of Science: And Three Other Lectures

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The titles which appear as chapter headings in this book are those of four lectures. Each was given on a separate occasion and each in a different place; but all were prepared and delivered inside a year and deliberately related to one another in point of theme if not of circumstance.

The first, Post-war Revolution in British Drama, was prepared at the invitation of Professor Leighton Ballew, Head of the Department of Drama in the State University of Georgia. The second, Poets and Playmakers, was delivered at Cambridge in fulfilment of my obligation to the University as Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Poetry and Drama. The third and fourth, Drama in a World of Science and University Theatre, were given respectively in Bristol and Nottingham. University Theatre was prepared at the invitation of Mr. John Holgate, President of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, as an opening address for the society's Annual Conference. Drama in a World of Science was delivered as an inaugural address in my own University of Bristol. I have selected this lecture to serve as the collective tide for the book, partly on that account and partly because its theme is the point of focus to which all the views expressed in the other lectures are rented.

In the middle of the twentieth century the British theatre has arrived at a point of crisis where the gloomier prophets are predicting dissolution and death while the brighter optimists are proclaiming a refreshing renaissance and a future of remarkable vitality. As someone whose job confronts him daily with this crisis in two forms at once, practical and academic, I thought it worth while to examine its nature in some detail and record my . . .

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