Welcome to Aleks
theatre website, which celebrates the best in new British drama
today by offering plenty of free info about new writing
for the theatre.
Prelude: In the 1990s, a revolution took place
in British theatre. Out went all those boring politically correct plays
with tiny casts portraying self-pitying victims;
overthrown were all those pale imitations of European directors'
theatre; brushed aside were all those shreds of self-regarding physical
theatre and long-winded, baggy state-of-the-nation plays.
In their place, came a storm of new writing, vivid
new plays about contemporary life by a brat-pack
of funky young playwrights. For a few heady years, theatre was the new
rock 'n' roll - a really cool place to be. At last, here was drama that
really seemed to make a difference. It sweated newness
out of every pore. But while new writers offered an amazing variety of
different types of play, and spoke with a diversity of voices, the most
cutting-edge new plays had one feature in common: they were all in-yer-face.
What's on? Read about the latest London shows
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