Following Directions: A Study of Peter Brook

Following Directions: A Study of Peter Brook

Following Directions: A Study of Peter Brook

Following Directions: A Study of Peter Brook

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The object of this study is the career in theatre and in film of the distinguished British director, Peter Brook -- a rich terrain, to be sure, both in quantity and quality, but not one with especially dramatic beginning, middle, turning point, or, fortunately terminus. Moreover, Brook's career does not readily assume an especially distinctive pattern nor does it manifest a clear presiding myth. A proper recognition of the significance of Brook's career involves understanding the conventional relationship between what the director has done and the values an audience assigns to it. Thus this study relies on description of Brook's productions in isolation as well as together and on evaluation which is demonstrated by the extent of acceptance offered Brook's stagings by his audience witnessing them.

Since many of the details here presented are based on archival material and published remembrances from spectators in attendance at particular productions, audience perspectives loom large as a means of assessing Brook's position and influence in twentieth-century Western theatre. To a lesser degree some interpretation will be offered of the evolving tensions and resolutions between the director and the works he elected to stage, often derived from Brook's own published comments. Admittedly, there are built-in difficulties in conceiving a book on directing largely as a research project. Even with interviews and fairly extensive correspondence with participants, intimate knowledge of individual productions is not always possible. Indeed, in the case of this study, often the published public record was selected for inclusion at the expense of the personal anecdote for analytical and critical purposes.

Peter Brook has been written about in the English-speaking world more than any other stage director of the past twenty-five years, but in that extensive literature there is remarkable agreement about his importance and contribution to the modern theatre. The present study attempts to be both descriptive and critical as a work of . . .

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