Working on The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning - arguably NTW's most overtly political piece of theatre to date, I've been asking myself 'What is political theatre today?' Is it a question of subject-matter - a campaigning play bringing an urgent issue to people's attention via a familiar medium. Or is it as Brecht, Piscator and the 'real' John McGrath of 7:84 Theatre would have it, equally a matter of form - the shape in which a theatre piece comes - the ways in which it causes us to interact with the world. Or is the politics of contemporary theatre more about where and who - who is represented on stage, who gets to be in the audience, where theatre takes place. Or is a truly political theatre going to be unrecognisable as theatre at first - is the Occupy movement the truly effective political theatre of our time? I'd love to hear your views.
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