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The Blue Touch Paper

The Blue Touch Paper

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ISBN
9780571294343
Published
06/10/2016
9780571294343
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as completely vanished as Victorian England.

Now in his first panoramic work of memoir, ending as Margaret Thatcher comes to power in 1979, David Hare describes his childhood, his Anglo-Catholic education and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist. He sets the progress of his own life against the history of a time in which faith in hierarchy, deference, religion, the empire and finally politics all withered away. Only belief in private virtue remains.

In his customarily dazzling prose and with great warmth and humour, David Hare explores how so radical a shift could have occurred, and how it is reflected in his own lifelong engagement with two disparate art forms - film and theatre. In The Blue Touch Paper David Hare describes a life of trial and error: both how he became a writer and the high price he and those around him paid for that decision.

When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as completely vanished as Victorian England.Now in his first panoramic work of memoir, ending as Margaret Thatcher comes to power in 1979, David Hare describes his childhood, his Anglo-Catholic education and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist. He sets the progress of his own life against the history of a time in which faith in hierarchy, deference, religion, the empire and finally politics all withered away. Only belief in private virtue remains.In his customarily dazzling prose and with great warmth and humour, David Hare explores how so radical a shift could have occurred, and how it is reflected in his own lifelong engagement with two disparate art forms - film and theatre. In The Blue Touch Paper David Hare describes a life of trial and error: both how he became a writer and the high price he and those around him paid for that decision.
  • David Hare

    David Hare was born in Sussex in 1947. He is the author of twenty-nine plays for the stage, seventeen of which have been seen at the National Theatre. These plays include Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes, Racing Demon, The Absence of War and South Downs. His many screenplays for cinema and television include Licking Hitler, Damage, The Hours and The Reader. He recently wrote and directed a trilogy of films for the BBC: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield.

“But this is, throughout, an invigorating memoir, an elegantly unvarnished tale. It is fascinating to learn that Hare discovered a talent for dialogue before he had written a play. The account of the legendary Portable Theatre Company is absorbing too, filling one with nostalgia for an age when travelling light was easy. And his account of his vain attempts to sell vacuum cleaners in the US as a young man is priceless.”
- Kate Kellaway, The Observer
“It's an intoxicating read for those, like me, who missed out on the careless abandon and furious optimism of that era, when artists thought they could make art, change the world and have fun (and sex) all at the same time....By the end of the book Margaret Thatcher is in power and the white-faced mimes have turned on David for his determination to write plays that people want to see. But the enthusiasm with which he later leapt at Stuff Happens never deserts him, and infects every page of this terrific book.”
- Nicholas Hytner, Evening Standard

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