Dr Chris Collins
Assistant Professor of Drama, Department of English, University of Nottingham
The 1960s saw a surge in pioneering and experimental drama, as well as the opening up of a vast new audience for serious drama through television.
Beginning with reference to John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (1956) and the early plays of Harold Pinter, Dr Collins will cover the work of John Arden, Arnold Wesker and Peter Shaffer, as well as the early stage plays of Tom Stoppard and Edward Bond.
British drama of this period reflected the social and political changes taking place, but also showed playwrights’ capacity for taking risks and providing shocks and surprises for modern audiences.
in the 1960s
top: Harold Pinter. The Caretaker 1960
lower: Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead 1967 National Theatre