Twenty-First Century Drama

What Happens Now

  • Siân Adiseshiah
  • Louise LePage

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Siân Adiseshiah, Louise LePage
    Pages 1-13
  3. Beyond Postmodernism: Changing Perspectives on Drama

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Elaine Aston
      Pages 17-35
    3. Paola Botham
      Pages 81-103
  4. Austerity and Class Returns

  5. Borders, Race, Nation

  6. New Humans, New Dramaturgies, New Worlds

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-348

About this book


What makes twenty-first century drama distinctive? Which events, themes, shifts, and paradigms are marking its stages? Within this landmark collection, original voices from the field of drama provide rich analysis of a selection of the most exciting and remarkable plays and productions of the new millennium. Kaleidoscopic in scope, Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now creates a broad, rigorously critical framework for approaching the drama of this period, including its forms, playwrights, companies, institutions, collaborative projects, and directors. The collection has a deliberately British bent, examining established playwrights – such as Churchill, Brenton, and Hare – alongside a new generation of writers – including Stephens, Prebble, Kirkwood, Bartlett, and Kelly. Simultaneously international in scope, it engages with significant new work from the US, Japan, India, Australia, and the Netherlands, to reflect a twenty-first century context that is fundamentally globalized. The volume’s central themes – the financial crisis, austerity, climate change, new forms of human being, migration, class, race and gender, cultural politics and issues of nationhood – are mediated through fresh, cutting-edge perspectives.


contemporary drama British theatre performance new generation current affairs cultural context British playwrights contemporary issues austerity climate change consciousness international affairs being migration politics culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Siân Adiseshiah
    • 1
  • Louise LePage
    • 2
  1. 1.School of English and JournalismUniversity of Lincoln LincolnUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Film, Theatre & TelevisionUniversity of Reading ReadingUnited Kingdom

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