Farmer’s account of A39’s experimental political theatre practice in 1984–92 is an original and valuable contribution to the field of theatre and performance studies, especially political theatre history, agitprop, and working-class, socialist theatre. This is the first substantial work to account for the activities of A39 theatre, and one of the only texts looking in depth at political theatre in and about Cornwall. The book offers important food for thought on popular and effective approaches to making political theatre, while discussions of counterculture and left political organisation will be useful in theatre and labour movement studies for filling in details of a history that is currently underrepresented.
Dr Rebecca Hillman
Senior Lecturer, Department of Communications, Drama and Film, University of Exeter