Theatrical Unrest: Ten Riots in the History of the Stage, by Sean McEvoy

By Sean McEvoy

Shortlisted for the 2017 Theatre booklet Prize

What is it approximately theatre, in comparison to different kinds of cultural illustration, which provokes this sort of strong response? Theatrical Unrest tells the compelling stories of ten riots whose reason lies on level. It appears to be like on the depth and evanescence of the reside occasion and asks no matter if theatre stocks its unrepeatable caliber with history.

Tracing episodes of unrest in theatrical heritage from an Elizabethan rebellion over Shakespeare's Richard II to Sikhs in riot at Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Behzti, Sean McEvoy chronicles a variety of utmost public responses to this inflammatory artwork shape. every one bankruptcy offers an invaluable evaluation of the constitution and documentation of 1 specific occasion, juxtaposing eyewitness debts with newspaper reviews and different modern narratives.

Theatrical Unrest is an soaking up account of the explosive effect of functionality, and a vital learn for somebody drawn to theatre’s frequently violent history.

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