Workers' Playtime: Theatre and the Labour Movement since 1970. By Alan Filewod and David Watt. Sydney: Currency Press, 2001

Makeham, Paul B. (2003) Workers' Playtime: Theatre and the Labour Movement since 1970. By Alan Filewod and David Watt. Sydney: Currency Press, 2001. Theatre Research International, 28(1), pp. 112-113.

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Written as an 'act of solidarity', 'Workers’ Playtime' seeks to intervene in a field of practice defined by 'a battle between capital and labour'. There is some irony, then, in the authors' adoption of the corporatist term 'strategic ventures' to describe their four case studies. But the theatre groups studied here have each had to develop 'adaptive practices' in forging partnerships with labour organizations battling the 'explicit anti-Labour program of the New Right, which transforms nations into markets and labour into a global workpool'. Don Bouzek of Canada’s Ground Zero, for instance, shows that 'an activist artist can appropriate the entrepreneurial models of market capitalism to generate self-employment while at the same time working and enacting a radical politics of community and resistance'.

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ID Code: 7159
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: theatre, labour, Ground Zero, art and working life
DOI: 10.1017/S0307883303350175
ISSN: 0307-8833
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Cambridge University Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 15 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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