‘Passionately argued, intelligently engaged and extremely well timed. An excellently written and stimulating account of a very pressing issue.’ – Aleks Sierz
It’s easy to blame the difficulties theatre now faces on the longest shutdown of stages since the mid-seventeenth century. But these problems began some time before a global pandemic. Decades of free market ideas, ten years of austerity, and the slow encroachment of private space have all worked together to create an industry struggling to define its purpose. The virus was a symptom, not the cause.
In Towards A Civic Theatre, director Dan Hutton argues that a theatre which 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. It is a toolkit, a guide, an offer to audiences and a call to arms for artistic leaders of tomorrow.
The Civic Theatre Lending Library. In the spirit of the book, we do not believe that money should hold any one back from reading it and the ideas within. We will soon be implementing a free lending library system with a number of copies to be distributed to whoever needs them, no questions asked. We only ask that you then pass on the book to another person who might be interested, encouraging a chain of readers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.