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The Shifting Point: Forty Years of Theatrical Exploration, 1946-87
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Peter Brook
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The Shifting Point: Forty Years of Theatrical Exploration, 1946-87

Peter Brook


Bloomsbury Academic

Theatre Studies;
Dance & Performing arts;
Autobiography: arts & entertainment


232 pages

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Hailed as 'the theatrical event of this century' (Sunday Times), Peter Brook's unique dramatization of India's great epic poem, The Mahabharata played to ecstatic audiences worldwide. In The Shifting Point, one of theatre's great visionaries assesses the lessons of his pioneering work from his brilliant debut at Stratford and the West End in the 1960s to the triumphant success of The Mahabharata. With the bravura and insight of a great practitioner and explorer he reveals some of the inspiration behind his extraordinary career.

Published in Bloomsbury's Revelations series, Brook's account covers many of the groundbreaking productions that cemented his reputation as 'one of the artistic geniuses of our time' (San Franciso Herald): his controversial productions of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet; the three-month period in Africa which culminated in The Conference of the Birds; Marat/Sade; filming King Lear and Lord of the Flies, and the epic The Mahabharata. With Brooks's reflections on the problems of Shakespeare and opera, and on a range of modern theatre artists including Grotowski, Gordon Craig and Samuel Beckkett, The Shifting Point provides a uniquely revealing account of 4 decades of artistic exploration.

'The great thing about Brook is that, in a medium where others provide answers, he keeps asking questions. This sage and stimulating book shows that, inside a sophisticated adult mind, lurks the intemperate curiosity of a child; which is the mark of genius.'(Michael Billington, Listener)

By:   Peter Brook
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   296g
ISBN:   9781350069428
ISBN 10:   1350069426
Series:   Biography and Autobiography
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

List of Illustrations Preface 1. A Sense of Direction 2. People on the Way - A Flashback 3. Provocations 4.What is a Shakespeare? 5. The world as a can opener 6. Filling the Empty Space 7. The Forty Years' War 8. Flickers of Life 9. Entering Another World Index

Peter Brook is one of the world's best known and most influential theatre directors whose career spans 8 decades, beginning with his direction of Paul Scofield in King John in 1945. Since the 1970s he has resided in Paris where he established the International Centre of Theatre Research.

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