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UK people’s theatres: performing civic functions in a time of austerity

Bartley, S. (2021) UK people’s theatres: performing civic functions in a time of austerity. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 26 (1). pp. 171-186. ISSN 1470-112X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2020.1853516


Brighton People’s Theatre and Slung Low are at the forefront of the contemporary people’s theatre movement in the United Kingdom. I examine these companies and the broader utility of a people’s theatre, historically concerned with working class representation and/or performances of civic unity, in the context of economic austerity and inequality. I assert that ideologies and practices of people’s theatres have the capacity to generate networks of solidarity and realise resilience as a mode of care and resistance. I explore how these practices directly intervene in urban governance reaffirming the potential of community-led economic, cultural, and social practices of resilience.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:100284
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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