Greek and Decadence

Steven Berkoff
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ISBN 9780571342648 Format Hardback
Published 05/10/2017 Length 128 pages

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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

  • About Steven Berkoff

    Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, East London and started acting at the City Literary Institute when he was 19. Following more 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, gymnastics and voice, the Group liberated themselves from the conventions of mainstream theatre and started to evolve an innovative, more integrated theatrical language. Berkoff's encounter with the mime artist Jacque le Coq in Paris was seminal in this. Steven Berkoff's plays include East, West, Sink the Belgrano!, Decadence, Kvetch, Acapulco, Ritual in Blood, Oedipus, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixtion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, West, Decadence, Sit and Shiver, Greek, Harry's Christmas, Lunch, Acapulco, Sink the Belgrano!, Massage, Sturm und Drang and Brighton Beach Scumbags.

    He has written an autobiography, Free Association, and the theatre books I Am Hamlet, Overview and Meditations on Metamorphosis. Among Berkoff's film credits are Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop and his own production of Decadence.

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