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Refuse to Dance: The Theatre of Howard Barker

Synopsis
Looks at selected extracts from Howard Barker’s plays to reveal the social and political themes that inform his work. Focuses on the Royal Shakespeare’s 1985 season produced at the Barbican Theatre, London, and justaposes extracts with comments from actors, directors and critics. Includes segments of ‘Don’t Exaggerate’, ‘The Castle’, ‘No End of Blame’, ‘Scenes from an Execution’, Downchild’, ‘Played in History.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. col. 52 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1986
Availability
Hire
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Barker, Howard; drama in English

Credits

Writer
Howard Barker
Cast
David Whitaker 
Elizabeth Rider 
Guy Fithen 
Harriet Walter 
Ian McDiarmid 
Katharine Rogers 
Maggie Steed 
Paul Freeman 
Penny Downie 
Steve Swinscoe 
Tony Matthews 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Mingflow

Sponsor

Name

Arts Council of Great Britain

Phone
020 7973 6455
Fax
020 7973 6581
Address
London
SW1P 3NG

Distributor

Name

Arts on Film Archive, University of Westminster

Notes
Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. In its first phase, the archive offers a complete database and an on-line video streaming of all 450 films made by the film department of Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE. The collection is only available streamed to ac.uk domain addresses.

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