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The Reluctant Escapologist : Adventures in Alternative Theatre, Paperback / softback Book

The Reluctant Escapologist : Adventures in Alternative Theatre Paperback / softback


An unrivalled unofficial history of the rise - and partial fall - of Fringe Theatre, Mike Bradwell's deadpan account of his adventures is one of the funniest books to come out of the theatre in years.

As he travels through a sub-culture peopled by lunatics, hippies and the perennially unemployed, we marvel at his resilience and creativity, captured in a succession of vivid - and often hilarious - episodes such as: creating a character for Mike Leigh; witnessing the on-stage mass orgasms of the Living Theatre in the 60s; teaching Bob Hoskins how to eat fire; becoming an escapologist (reluctantly) in the Ken Campbell Road Show; and doing battle with health-and-safety inspectors in his ten years running the famous Bush Theatre in West London.

Bradwell is an endearing champion of the Fringe, and makes a compelling - and urgent - case for preserving it from castration at the hands of bankers, consultants, stakeholders and the Arts Council.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9781854595386



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