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Ken Campbell: The Great Caper

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Theatre critic Michael Coveney was given unrestricted access to Campbells many devoted/bemused collaborators, he has chronicled the life of the anarchic and uncompromising genius that was Ken Campbell. Alternately inspiring and jaw-dropping, The Great Caper is the story of a unique and inimitable talent in British theatre.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Nick Hern Books (first published April 1st 2011)
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Petra X
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you know who Ken Campbell is, then you are going to love the book. If you don't, I'm not so sure unless theatre is a passion for you. It's best to start with his funeral,

'His great friend Warren Mitchell, 82 and in a wheelchair, told a Jewish joke, another actor read from Macbeth in pidgin English, a distraught colleague tore off the lid of the coffin, to discover Ken wrapped in dog blankets, his daughter Daisy recalled how he made her learn poetry whenever she wanted a new pair of shoes, and
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Laura
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:
Ken Campbell, who died in September 2008, was one of the great mavericks of British theatre.

Ill-suited to a role in conventional theatre, he created a risk-taking confrontational style of performance, which often explored unlikely subject matter. He became, in director Mike Leigh's words, "The outsider's outsider"

Bob Hoskins, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent are amongst the performers whose formative years were spent working with Campbell. What did the director an
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Alex Sarll
Unclassifiable, quite possibly certifiable, Ken Campbell was "the outsider's outsider" while also rampaging his way through the heart of post-War British theatre. He kicked off the careers of everyone from Sylvester McCoy, Bill Drummond and Chris Langham to John Sessions and Nina Conti - though he also drove a few collaborators genuinely insane, so his influence went both ways. Coveney was an attentive if not uncritical fan and acquaintance for many years, and makes a bold effort at capturing th ...more
Alex
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Laugh-out-loud funny at times. Coveney gives a very straight account of Ken Campbell's extraordinary life and career. I saw two of his shows and wish I'd seen more. The youtube fragments and bits and pieces of his works give a hint at his wacky imagination.
This is one of the most enjoyable books to read, if you have an interest in the spontaneity and aliveness that theatre at its best can bring.
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Really great read through marvelous explosion
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