Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor: The Actors are Come Hither : the Performance of Tragedy in a Secure Psychiatric Hospital

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 01/01/1992 - 282 páginas

Between 1989 and 1991 several of Shakespeare's tragedies were performed in the central hall of Broadmoor Hospital. This book sets these important events on record. It offers insights into the impact of such drama, in such a setting, upon actors and audience. It includes interviews with the directors and the actors playing the title roles, as well as a description of the hospital and its community of patients and staff.

The performances were given by actors from The Royal Shakespeare Company (Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet), The Royal National Theatre (King Lear) and the Wilde Community Theatre Company, a local amateur drama group (Measure for Measure). An account is given of `workshops' which took place after the performances. And a collage of comment, by actors and audience, is presented as a stream of corporate consciousness.

The final section of the book has a more academic timbre, including chapters on performance and projective possibilities, the nature and scope of dramatherapy, and contributions on the place of drama in custodial settings by specialists from a variety of disciplines.

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Foreword Sir Ian McKellen vii
11
How these things came about Murray Cox 1
11
Dramatis Personae 11
11
interviewed by Ann Barker
65
interviewed by Rob Ferris
97
Introduction Murray Cox
105
This Tempest in My Mind
135
Introduction Murray Cox
159
Introduction Murray Cox
179
A Cautious Exploration Eva Røine
201
Theatre Initiatives in Prison Jessica Saunders
221
Theatre of Healing Sue Jennings
229
Reporting to the Yet Unknowing World Murray Cox
251
Shakespeare Psychiatry and the Unconscious
259
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Murray Cox was Consultant Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital from 1970 until his death in 1997. He was an Honorary Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, the Danish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and an Honorary Research Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute (The University of Birmingham).

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