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In-Yer-Face Theatre: British Drama Today by Aleks Sierz was published by Faber and Faber in March 2001. The manuscript of the book was completed in January 2000 - here's the latest news about new writing:

Please note: As of 5 October 2010, this website is no longer being updated: it is now an archive resource, covering in-yer-face theatre and new writing in general over the period from the 1990s until 2010. Here are some other sites:



Latest: extra additions to the archive.

New(ish) feature: extensive new writing bibliography.

My follow up to the bestselling In-Yer-Face Theatre is The Theatre of Martin Crimp, and it's out now - published by Methuen Drama. And. Not to forget (please): my other ill-treated child, John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (Continuum, 2008).

For the latest chat about the hottest shows, visit Theatre Voice, a great website where critics discuss new plays and fresh revivals.

Don't forget to explore the archive - lots of free info on new writing!

For unique recordings of the work of Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill, plus other playwrights and theatre groups, visit the British Library Sound Archive. All are available at the BL's St Pancras premises free of charge. All you need is to make an appointment.

Calling all PhD students and researchers into contemporary British theatre, take a peek at this review of sources. See also the extensive bibliography of new writing!

• Words, words, words: read Shirley Dent's interview with Aleks Sierz on the Culture Wars website!

See the latest London shows.

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