After '89

Polish theatre and the political

By Bryce Lease

After '89


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9295-8
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: August 2016
  • BIC Category: Literature, Theatre studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General, The arts / Theatre studies, Television
  • Series: Theatre: Theory – Practice – Performance


<i>After '89</i> takes as its subject the dynamic new range of performance practices that have been developed since the demise of communism in the flourishing theatrical landscape of Poland. After 1989, the theatre has retained its historical role as the crucial space for debating and interrogating cultural and political identities. Providing access to scholarship and criticism not readily accessible to an English-speaking readership, this study surveys the rebirth of the theatre as a site of public intervention and social criticism since the establishment of democracy and the proliferation of theatre makers that have flaunted cultural commonplaces and begged new questions of Polish culture. Lease argues that the most significant change in performance practice after 1989 has been from opposition to the state to a more pluralistic practice that engages with marginalised identities purposefully left out of the rhetoric of freedom and independence.


Bryce Lease is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Introduction: really existing democracy
1. The move to neoliberalism
2. No more heroes
3. Beyond a <i>teatr kobiecy</i>
4. Gay emancipation and queer counterpublics
5. Rethinking Polish/Jewish relations
6. Equivalencies of exclusion

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