Edward Bond the celebrity of exile

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A shibboleth has grown up around the work of Edward Bond. The tag 'controversial dramatist' has continued to dog both the man and his work. This article will hope to explore some of the contradictory, and sometimes frustrating manifestations that such 'celebrity' has produced. Since the reception of The War Plays [1985] by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the National Theatre Bond has largely withdrawn his work from mainstream British theatre. Since the late 1990s he has looked to a new home textendash La Colline Theatre textendash in France, to premiere new work and run retrospective seasons of older plays. Here, Bond's celebrity is of a different kind, and has allowed him to enhance and develop his work as a playwright, director and writer about theatre. While this article draws on secondary sources it also uses material based on personal correspondence with Edward Bond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-266
Number of pages11
JournalTheatre Research International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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