THE FULL ROUND
What they said:
“Perhaps the most successful missionary to have worked in the English Theatre since the Second World War.” Obituary - The Times
“Life was for Stephen . . . an endless wonder. He met it with the eyes of a child and the mind of a man.” Emeritus Professor Hugh Hunt
I could have done with more of your brilliant word pictures . . .the book is a triumph. Richard Gill, Director Parasol Theatre
What a fascinating story you’ve re-told. Not only that, you’ve made a major contribution to British Theatre History by recording it for posterity. Tony Robinson, Actor and TV Presenter
The book is a worthy memento to a very special man of the theatre. Richard Pilbrow, Theatre Projects, Connecticut
It is written most economically and makes every word tell. . . brought to a splendid conclusion. Alan MacFarlane, Director (rtd) Collins Reference Division
“An excellent study of a unique character … opens up the subject for argument once more.” Jonathan Cecil, Book reviewer
Our meetings were always enlivened by (his) somewhat anarchic reaction . . . Your book was a joy to read, enthralling. Gripping too . . . the quality and range of your research made a well told story into an authoritative, fascinating work of scholarship. Douglas Cornelissen, ex A.B.T.T.
Stephen Joseph and Terry Lane Photo Ken Boden
What it says:
The book is an examination of intrigue: familial, matrimonial, social, institutional, even political. The author has chanced the frowned-upon – a popular biography of an academic subject.
In racing terms Stephen Joseph claimed to be – “Out of Gingold by Maschwitz” – La Gingold (Hermione) was his mother. His father was actually the publisher Michael Joseph. Maschwitz was merely the co-respondent! The book charts his tempestuous childhood, his school, drama college and wartime careers (twice decorated), and his role in the renaissance of the post-war Cambridge Footlights.
He was a teacher, writer, lectured on playwriting and was later Lecturer at Manchester University. In his role as director of his Studio Theatre Company he was the catalyst for theatrical experiment in the second half of the twentieth century. He championed new writing in the theatre, was the first person to stage the works of Robert Bolt, Colin Wilson and encouraged his own stable of writers, most notably Sir Alan Ayckbourn and others renowned such as David Campton, Mike Stott and Richard Gill.
The book presents an overview of the
century before Stephen began his company and indicates trends in the half
century since his death.
"If, when mankind finally disintegrates,
whoever created him has been stimulated