The classic manifesto on popular theatre by the founder of the 7:84 Theatre Companies.
McGrath's manifesto is as relevant today as it was when first published in 1981. Looking at the ways different classes take their entertainment, he puts the case for what theatre could be doing for the populace instead of walling itself up in subsidised fortresses for the well-to-do.
'The classic statement of the aims of the counter-theatre movement in this country' Financial Times
'ebullient, provocative and, above all, life-enhancing' Michael Billington
John McGrath (1935-2002) was a playwright and theatre theorist. He also wrote for TV, notably Z-Cars). In 1971 he founded 7:84 (named after the statistic that 7% of the population of Britain owns 84% of the wealth), for whom he wrote 20 plays.