Point Blank: Nothing to Declare, Operation Wonderland, and Roses and Morphine

Tomlin, L. (2007) Point Blank: Nothing to Declare, Operation Wonderland, and Roses and Morphine. Intellect: Bristol. ISBN 9781841501697

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Abstract

"Nothing to Declare" asks you to imagine Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on safari in Beirut as it follows the trail of an obsessive wannabe design guru travelling through a middle-eastern war zone looking for inspiration. "Operation Wonderland" (shortlisted for a Critics Circle Award 2004) features an unlikely suicide bomber seeking to live out his fantasies and put a grim end to the magic of the Disneyesque theme park 'Wonderland', while "Roses and Morphine" sees the memories of war atrocities transformed into corrupted fairy tales in the archive of a mythical library. In his introduction, Professor John Bull contextualises Point Blank's work in the wider tradition and recent history of British political theatre. In accompanying critical essays, the two artistic directors highlight the trilogy's interrogation of postmodern relativism and offer an insight into the company's dramaturgical processes which transform theoretical ideas into mythical scenarios of bleak comic absurdity and visually-striking theatrical metaphor. The performance texts featured in this volume offer a radically new vision of twenty first century theatre. Subversive and satirical, they challenge the prevailing myths and orthodoxies of contemporary culture and late twentieth century performance practice. This definitive publication of Point Blank's early work is essential reading for students, audiences, actors and directors interested in radical new writing for performance. Comprehensive notes are provided to enable a range of potential re-stagings of the texts, and the critical essays offer readers new interpretations of the interplay between contemporary performance practice and the prevailing political climate.

Item Type:Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tomlin, Professor Elizabeth
Authors: Tomlin, L.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Intellect
ISBN:9781841501697

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