THE SUSPECT CULTURE BOOK
Eatough, Graham and Dan Rebellato, eds. The Suspect Culture Book. London: Oberon, 2013.
For almost twenty years, Suspect Culture were one of the most innovative and influential forces in British theatre. Based in Glasgow, but with an international reputation, they produced a series of inventive, questioning works which sought to explore the complex relationships we have with each other and find new forms to reflect our new experiences of living.
This book, co-edited by me and the artistic director of the company Graham Eatough, documents and accounts for the work. It features a long interview with Graham Eatough, conducted and edited by me, several contributions by critics and members of the company, a very substantial analytical account of the company's work written by me, and published for the first time, three of David Greig's texts for the company: Timeless, Mainstream, and Lament.
It nicely bridges my two modes of involvement with the company. I was distantly involved with them when the company started in the early nineties - I saw their first show, operated lights on two early tours - then was, I think, the first person to write about them in an academic context in 2003. During the 2000s, I became involved with them again as an artistic associate, eventually contributing to three shows as a writer: Futurology, Static and Stage Fright.
The book was produced with the support of the Scottish Arts Council and is extensively illustrated throughout.