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INTRODUCTION

The aim of this book is to examine how Brecht’s ideas on the function of theatre and dramatic performance, his own practice and productions and a changing view of the meaning of the plays themselves, have influenced and shaped productions of his work in Britain over the last forty years. An attempt is made to analyse how, why and with what results practitioners in this country have sought to understand the varying pulls of aesthetics, politics and dramatic theory

The aim of this book is to examine how Brecht’s ideas on the function of theatre and dramatic