“In the face of neoliberalism’s ongoing global expansion and entrenchment, theatre artists and workers have advocated for alternative values. Less individualism and more collective political subjectivity. Less competition and more collaboration.”
4x45 is an innovative series of commissioned academic lectures and interviews, captured on film, providing a range of perspectives on a topic, theme or practitioner. Each volume, comprising four chapters, is hosted on Digital Theatre+ and published in print by Routledge.
In this lecture from Volume Two, ‘Theatre in a Neoliberal Age’, Jen Harvie of Queen Mary, University of London, considers plays such as Serious Money and Enron, which explore and critique neoliberalism’s damaging ethical, social and material consequences. With reference to the work of contemporary companies such as Rimini Protokoll, Harvie examines how the critical and creative responses of the theatre industry can challenge neoliberalism’s worst effects through collaboration and solidarity.
Contains strong language.