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Greek and Decadence



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Greek and Decadence by Steven Berkoff
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'There is no other like Berkoff and there'll never be another.' Daily Mail This volume marks Steven Berkoff's eightieth birthday by bringing together two of his greatest plays from the 1980s, Greek - an audacious take on Oedipus - and Decadence, a visceral satire of the upper classes and the social divide in Britain. With a preface by the playwright and an introduction by Aleks Sierz. 'The least remarked upon achievement of Berkoff is his influence.' Dominic Dromgoole, The Full Room

Author Biography

Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, East London and first studied acting at the City Literary Institute in Holborn when he was nineteen. Following full-time training at the Webber Douglas School of Drama, he worked extensively in repertory theatre in England and Scotland, doing every job from understudy to stage management. In 1968 he formed his own company, the London Theatre Group. Through mime, ensemble work and voice, the group developed their own innovative theatrical language. Berkoff's encounter with the great mime teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris was seminal in this. Steven Berkoff's plays include East, West, Sink the Belgrano!, Kvetch, Ritual in Blood, Oedipus, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Sit and Shiver, Greek (adapted as an opera by Mark Anthony Turnage), Harry's Christmas, Acapulco, Massage, Sturm und Drang and Brighton Beach Scumbags. He has written an autobiography, Free Association, and many theatre books including I Am Hamlet, Overview and Meditations on Metamorphosis. Among Berkoff's film credits are A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, The Tourist, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, and his own version of The Tell Tale Heart.
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October 5th, 2017
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Faber & Faber
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