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Is theatre safe in the hands of grown-ups?

Thursday, 19 May, 2011

Mike Bradwell’s book The Reluctant Escapologist wins the Theatre Book Prize

Mike Bradwell wins the Theatre Book Prize

Mike Bradwell, whose affection for the late Ken Campbell seems to know no bounds, has won this year’s Theatre Book Prize for The Reluctant Escapologist.

Speaking for the judges, critic Jann Parry said, “Because (he) immersed himself so enthusiastically in the theatrical experiments of the 1960s and 70s, he’s remained a believer even while he’s clear-headed – and very funny – about the madder idealism of some of the practitioners. He’s provocative, witty, scabrously honest and very angry about admin personnel who believe they’re worth more than the artists they’re supposed to support.”

Mike Bradwell’s advice to people with a theatre dream, ‘Find a play. Squat a building. Now make a show’.

The Reluctant Escapologist is published by Nick Hern books, price £14.99