Alfred Jarry and Guillaume Apollinaire
An excellent standard reference work on the avant-garde dramatists Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) and Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). In this study Claude Schumacher discusses and explains the staging and performances of King Ubu, Ubu Cuckolded, Ubu Enchained and The Breasts of Tiresius. He also considers the literary and cultural background in which they worked in France at the turn of the twentieth century. Both playwrights devised and wrote works to be performed with theatre masks, body costumes and experimental scenography. The author evaluates their contribution to experimental theatre and modern drama as theorists and practitioners. This hardback study is succinct, penetrating and contains 38 b/w photographs.pp.201. Claude Schumacher was the Chairman of Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre for more than fifteen years and has directed a masked version of King Ubu.