Wild Theatre

By Martin Morrow

Wild Theatre
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Wild Theatre: The History of One Yellow Rabbit is a breezy, irreverent chronicle of the company considered by many to be English Canada's foremost creation theatre. In its romp through the company's twenty year history, the book also documents OYR's friends and collaborators ... Read more


Overview

Wild Theatre: The History of One Yellow Rabbit is a breezy, irreverent chronicle of the company considered by many to be English Canada's foremost creation theatre. In its romp through the company's twenty year history, the book also documents OYR's friends and collaborators -- puppet master Ronnie Burkett, playwrights Daniel MacIvor and Brad Fraser, and comedians Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney of the Kids in the Hall. There are also guest appearances by everyone from Beat poet Michael McClure to New York performance artists Karen Finley and Penny Arcade. At the heart of the book, however, is the story of an unlikely troupe of artists with diverse talents and shared tastes who have forged a unique style of physical theatre away from the world's cultural centres, combining a western entrepreneurial spirit with a creative imagination and edginess that defy Alberta's conservative image.

Martin Morrow

Winner of the Nathan Cohen Award for excellence in theatre criticism in 1995, Martin Morrow is a Calgary-based freelance writer and arts journalist who has followed the careers of the Rabbits since their early days. Wild Theatre is Morrow’s first book.

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"In both its brainy wildness and in its highly theatrical structure, Morrow's great new book reflects, with accuracy and wonderful abandon, the dynamic, free-wheeling, nose-thumbing and yet reverent world of creativity which is the rare, true domain of the Rabbits and their numberless offspring." --John Murrell"The story of One Yellow Rabbit tracks like a long, deep tire print through the sand. The prose is as motivated and curious as the subjects themselves." --Dave Bidini

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