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Conference of the Birds: The Story of Peter Brook in Africa (Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)) Paperback – November 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0878301102 ISBN-10: 0878301100 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878301100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878301102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[O]ne of the best theatre books ever written.
Financial Times

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Apart from its interest to theatre specialists, Conference of the Birds is as enthralling a piece of reportage as I have ever read.
–Irving Wardle, The Times (London)

The most exciting new book I have read since Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
–Philip Toynbee, The Observer

About the Author

John Heilpern is Chief Drama Critic for The New York Observer and contributing editor to Vogue. He is the author of How Good is David Mamet, Anyway? also published this season by Routledge (see p. 000).

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Norton on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have owned - and read - this book for many years. For anyone who has had an interest in delving in to the world of theatre which is on the very edge of discovery, read this book. Take a group of ethnically diverse actors, a carpet, a pair of boots, a very rough idea and a collection of small African villages, some of whom have never encountered anyone from outside their own small community, and you have the perfect mix for rediscovering the true meaning of theatre. At one and the same time massively amusing and wonderfully inspiring, enter into the world and the mind of the 20th century's most creative forces - Peter Brook.
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