Stephen Joseph Legacy Celebration & Symposium at Manchester University

I attended the Stephen Joseph Symposium organised by the drama department of Manchester University in early November. Stephen Joseph was one of the pioneers of 20th Century British Theatre. Although he authored six books, he is barely known, perhaps due to his early death at the age of 46. He was the first Fellow of the new Drama Department at Manchester University, appointed between 1962-67 by Professor Hugh Hunt. Stephen was one of the first practitioner-researchers working there, with a huge and long-lasting influence. His pioneering work centred literally on the "theatre-in-the round" promoting the idea of a "democratised" theatre, where the audience surrounds the actors. There is a cert

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