Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities by Peter Rankin

By Peter Rankin

‘Theatre Workshop was once not only approximately doing performs. It was once a layout for living.’ Joan Littlewood

‘My in simple terms present is to develop a show,’ acknowledged Joan Littlewood, pissed off by way of what she had no longer accomplished. nonetheless, her skill to just do that positioned her and her corporation, Theatre Workshop, head and shoulders above mid twentieth-century theatre.

In the 12 months while she might were 100, consisting of 3 revivals and a commemorative stamp, Peter Rankin, who labored with Joan for 38 years and in whose flat she died, takes the papers she left him and is going again to the start. As she advised him: ‘You understand me larger than i do know myself.’

Drawing on Littlewood’s own archive, Joan Littlewood: desires and Realities observes at shut hand probably the most influential theatre-makers of the 20 th century.

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