Actors Touring Company

   Formed by John Retallack in 1978, Actors Touring Company (ATC) is a small-scale theatre touring company. With an avant-gardist verve, ATC centralizes text and performance in vibrant and intelligent contemporary reworkings of classic dramatic, fictional and mythological narratives. Past productions include Byron’s Don Juan, Goethe’s Tasso and Jean Genet’s The Maids. Appointed artistic director in 1993, Nick Philippou has continued ATC’s valuable collaborations with other British and international companies, artists and writers like Kenneth McLeish and Mark Ravenhill. Ravenhill’s critically acclaimed Faust (1997) and the Oscar Wildeinspired Handbag (The Importance of Being Someone) (1998) typify ATC’s pivotal role in creating a new theatre of dramatic and historical intertextuality at the forefront of the fringe (see fringe theatre).
   SATINDER CHOHAN

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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