‘Passionately argued, intelligently engaged and extremely well timed. An excellently written and stimulating account of a very pressing issue.’ – Aleks Sierz
Decades of free market ideas, ten years of austerity and the slow encroachment of private space have all worked together to create a creative industry struggling to define its purpose. In Towards A Civic Theatre, director Dan Hutton argues that a theatre that isn’t civic in outlook is not worth fighting for.
Full of ideas and provocations from a range of theatre practitioners, and drawing on examples from inside and outside of the performing arts, it makes the case for a new kind of theatre fit for purpose in an already tumultuous twenty-first century. Towards A Civic Theatre is a toolkit, a guide, an offer to audiences and a call to arms for artistic leaders of tomorrow.
Shortlisted for the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize 2022