The Shape of the Table

By David Edgar

The Shape of the Table
Paperback, 86 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781854590794
Format: 197mm x 131mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 10th January 1990
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: National Theatre, London, 1990

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The Shape of the Table tracks the collapse of an Eastern Bloc government at the end of 1989. As the old regime retreats, former political prisoners join banned writers around the negotiating table...

The play is part of David Edgar's post-Cold War trilogy of plays, which also includes Pentecost and The Prisoner's Dilemma.

Witty and informative, this play is both an intensely topical account of what actually went on in the corridors of power and a timeless analysis of revolution in action. In particular the play explores not only the challenge of seizing power, but also the difficulty of relinquishing it.

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