Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance

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Manchester University Press, Apr 17, 2004 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Steven Berkoff is a playwright, director and actor largely disregarded by theater scholars. Since the 1960s, however, this notorious Cockney enfant terrible and "scourge of the Shakespeare industry" has left an imprint on modern British theatre that has been as impossible to ignore as his in-your-face stage presence. Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance, the first thorough and in-depth study of this contentious artist, examines the wide-ranging strategies adopted by Berkoff in the construction and projection of his larger-than-life public persona.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Jewish East End roots
21
BerkofFs interpersonal self
51
The London Theatre Group
80
Confinement and escapology
107
BerkofFs Cockney carnival
132
REFERENCES
221
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Robert Cross is Professor at the Institute for Language and Culture at Doshisha University, Kyoto.

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