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The Argumentative Theatre of Joe Penhall

The Argumentative Theatre of Joe Penhall by William C. Boles
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Of the many dynamic, young playwrights to be associated with the "In-Yer-Face" burst of creative talent on the British stage in the mid-1990s, Joe Penhall has challenged Britain's status quo the most. Penhall believes his plays should constantly provoke and enrage not only the institutions he targets, but also his audience. This critical book discusses the argumentative nature of Penhall's plays, while also placing them within the context of contemporary British society and the modern dramatic tradition. His eight plays are discussed in detail, and particular attention is paid to male identity, the nature of grief, the variety of females in his oeuvre, domestic drama and the role of autobiography in his work.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; April 2011
212 pages; ISBN 9780786485512
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Title: The Argumentative Theatre of Joe Penhall
Author: William C. Boles